2 of 18 portraits of Jawaharlal Nehru
Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1948
15 in. x 15 3/4 in. (380 mm x 400 mm) overall
Sitterback to top
- Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), First Prime Minister of India; son of Pandit Motilal Nehru. Sitter associated with 18 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Artist of 14 portraits, Sitter in 68 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Epstein started work on this bust of Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, when Nehru visited England for the Commonwealth Conference of 1946: 'He phoned me, although we had never met, expressing a wish to visit me at my studio. Nothing was said about a portrait, but whilst talking to him it occurred to me that we were wasting a rare opportunity and I asked him immediately to start sitting... At this time, soon after the assassination of Gandhi, Nehru seemed burdened with the cares of office, and it was in this mood that I conceived this sombre portrait'.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor (30 March 2013 - 24 November 2013)
Events of 1948back to top
Current affairsPrince Charles is born in Buckingham Palace; he is the first son of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Secretary of State for Health, Aneurin Bevan, introduces the National Health Service. Health services in Britain were now funded from central taxation and free at the point of use for every resident of the country.
Art and scienceThe First Morris Minor car designed by Alec Issigonis and his team (also responsible for the Mini) takes to the road, becoming a popular and classic English design.
F.R. Leavis publishes his influential study of the English novel, The Great Tradition. The book set out Leavis's ideas on the proper relationship between literary form and moral concern.
InternationalThe policy of Apartheid is adopted in South Africa. Apartheid was a set of laws allowing racial segregation and discrimination against the black majority by the white ruling class.
As part of the dispute between Western and Soviet controlled Berlin, the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin, cutting off supplies. Anxious to avoid a conflict, America, Britain and France responded by flying in food and other provisions.
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