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Details & Cataloguing

Sir Jacob Epstein
1880-1959
1880-1959
BUST OF JOSEPH CONRAD
signed
bronze with a green patina
height (excluding base): 48cm.; 19in.
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Provenance

William B. Leeds, Virgin Islands
Sale, Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, New York, 5th April 1967, lot 69
B. Gerald Cantor, Beverly Hills
Leona L. Palmer, Beverly Hills

Exhibited

London, Leicester Galleries, Carvings and Bronzes by Jacob Epstein, May 1933, no.2 (another cast); 
Leeds, Temple Newsam, Exhibition of Sculpture and Paintings by Jacob Epstein and Matthew Smith, 12th July – 14th September 1942, p. 9, no. 33, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue (1st cast);
London, Arts Council of Britain at the Tate Gallery, Epstein, 25th September – 9th November 1952, p. 26, no. 23., illustrated in the exhibition catalogue (another cast);
London, Arts Council Memorial Exhibition, Epstein, 1961, no. 25 (another cast);
Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Twentieth Century British Art, 1962, no.79 (another cast);
Midland Area Service, Epstein: An Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings, 1962-3, no.9 (4th cast);
Folkestone, New Metropole Arts Centre and tour, Jacob Epstein: Sculpture and Painting, 1965, no.61 (4th cast);
New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, Exhibition of Sir Jacob Epstein work from the Collection of Mr. Edward P. Schinman, 1967, p. 74, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue (another cast);
Iowa, Des Moines Art Centre, Selections from the B. Gerald Cantor Collection, December 1970 - January 1971 and tour to Indianapolis Museum of Art, University Art Museum Albuquerque, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Fort Worth Art Centre, Texas (this cast);
Bucharest, British Council, English Portraits, 1972-3 (4th cast);
Folkestone, Edwardian Festival (4th cast);
Birmingham, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Rebel Angel: Sculpture and Watercolours by Sir Jacob Epstein 1880-1959, 16th October- 30 November 1980, p. 17, no.13, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue and on the front cover (detail, another cast);
Leeds, City Art Galleries and London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Jacob Epstein Sculpture and Drawings, 16 April – 21 June 1987, no.93, pp.192-3, illustrated in colour in the exhibition catalogue, p. 59 (4th cast).

Literature

H. Wellington, Jacob Epstein, (Contemporary British Artists, A Rutherston (ed.)), Benn, London, 1925, p. 27, plate 35, illustrated (another cast);
A. Haskell, The Sculptor Speaks: Jacob Epstein to Arnold Haskell: A Series of Conversations on Art, Heinemann, 1931, pp. 69 and 182;
L. B. Powell, Jacob Epstein, Chapman and Hall, London, 1932, pp. 67 and 93;
R. Black, The Art of Jacob Epstein, World Publishing Company, New York and Cleveland, 1942, no.109, illustrated plate 19 (another cast);
Jacob Epstein, Let There Be Sculpture, Michael Joseph, 1940, pp.89-94:
Jacob Epstein, An Autobiography, Hulton, London, 1955, pp.73-77, illustrated (another cast);
Richard Buckle, Jacob Epstein Sculptor, Faber and Faber, London, 1963, pp.130-1, illustrated figs 202-203 (another cast);
Evelyn Silber, The Sculpture of Epstein, Phaidon, Oxford, 1986, no.148., illustrated plate 15 (another cast).

Catalogue Note

Conceived in 1924 at the instigation of Sir Muirhead Bone just prior to the artist's death, the present work is the 5th cast in an edition of 6. The original plaster is in the collection of Ein Harod, Israel, with further casts in the collection of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Manchester City Art Gallery.

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