Sir Jacob Epstein

1 portrait

Sir Jacob Epstein, by Michael Peto, 1951 - NPG x137298 - © University of Dundee The Peto Collection

© University of Dundee The Peto Collection

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 1951
15 in. x 13 7/8 in. (380 mm x 352 mm) overall
Given by University of Dundee - Michael Peto Collection, 2013
Photographs Collection
NPG x137298


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  • Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Sitter in 67 portraits, Artist of 14 portraits.

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  • Michael Peto (1908-1970), Photojournalist. Artist of 22 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This is an intimate photograph of Epstein, pausing in his work to greet his sheepdog Frisky. Artists' studios were traditionally represented as mysterious sites of transformation, presided over by the genius artist. Epstein's studio, with its vast stone sculptures and new busts emerging out of mounds of clay, was well suited to formal representations. Such images, however, only tell part of the story. Epstein's studio at Hyde Park Gate was attached to his home and many of his sitters were his family and friends, creating a comparatively relaxed atmosphere.