1 portrait on display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1924
19 7/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (505 mm x 270 mm) overall
Artistback to top
- Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Artist of 14 portraits, Sitter in 68 portraits.
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'Conrad gave a feeling of defeat; but defeat met with courage' recalled Epstein, 'The drooping weary lids intensified the impression of brooding thought. The whole head revealed the man who had suffered much ... My bust of Conrad brought out his fierce, almost demonic energy, but I did not try to read into his psychology - I went entirely by what I saw.' Conrad approved, describing the bust as 'something more than a masterly interpretation ... It is wonderful to go down in posterity like that'.
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Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor (30 March 2013 - 24 November 2013)
Events of 1924back to top
Current affairsAfter narrowly winning the general election the previous year, Stanley Baldwin calls a vote of confidence at the opening of the new session of Parliament and is defeated. George V invited James Ramsay Macdonald to form a minority Labour government, making him the first Labour Prime Minister.
Art and scienceEric Liddell wins the gold medal at the Olympic games, breaking the record for running the 400 metres in 47.6 seconds. The distance was not in fact his strongest event, but he refused to run the 100 metres because the heats were held on the Sabbath. His story is told in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire.
InternationalAfter three strokes and several years of illness Lenin dies. Three days later the city of Petrograd is renamed Leningrad in his honour. On coming to power Stalin began the policy of 'socialism in one country' abandoning the traditional hope for international proletarian revolution in order to strengthen Russia internally and independently.
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