Lot 132
  • 132

Sir Jacob Epstein

Estimate
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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Description

  • Sir Jacob Epstein
  • Second Portrait of George Bernard Shaw (Head)
  • signed
  • bronze
  • height (not including base): 44cm.; 17┬╝in.
  • Conceived in 1934.

Provenance

Gifted by the wife of the Artist to the previous owner
Private Collection, Scotland, from whom acquired by the present owner

Literature

Jacob Epstein, Let There Be Sculpture; An Autobiography, Michael Joseph Ltd, London, 1940, pp.99-101;
R. Black, The Art of Jacob Epstein, World Publishing Company, New York, 1942, cat. no.205, illustrated pl.41 (another cast);
Jacob Epstein, Epstein: An Autobiography, Hulton, London, 1955, pp.81-3, illustrated opposite p.74 (another cast);
Richard Buckle, Jacob Epstein Sculptor, Faber and Faber, London, 1963, pp.210-211, illustrated pl.323 (another cast);
E.P. and B.A. Schinman, Jacob Epstein, A Catalogue of the Collection of Edward P. Schinman, Fairleight Dickinson University Press, New Jersey, 1970, illustrated p.50 (another cast);
Evelyn Silber, The Sculpture of Epstein, Phaidon Press, Oxford, 1986, cat. no.253, illustrated p.178 (another cast).

Condition

The work is slightly loose on the black stone base. There is very minor surface dust and dirt to the crevices, with slight rubbing to areas of the patina, most noticeably to the nose and forehead. This excepting the work appears in very good overall condition. Housed on a 11cm. black stone base, with a few very minor nicks and nips visible. Please contact the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
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Catalogue Note

On the portrait of Bernard Shaw, Epstein wrote: 'I think that there are in it elements so subtle that they would be difficult to explain. Shaw sat on condition that I was commissioned to do the work. He thought I ought to benefit materially and not just do his bust for its own sake... Shaw sat with exemplary patience and even eagerness. He walked to my studio every day, and was punctual and conscientious. He wise cracked of course' (Richard Buckle, op.cit., p.210).