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Sir Jacob Epstein

Portrait of Albert Einstein



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Sir Jacob Epstein (British, 1880-1959).

Portrait bust of Albert Einstein

Conceived in 1933.

Height: 18.75 inches / 47.63 cm

Height excluding base: 17.25 inches / 43.81 cm


Thomas Agnew and Sons, where acquired by the present owner’s grandfather by 1953 and thence by family descent


London, Arthur Tooth & Sons, 1933 (details untraced) (another cast);

Leeds, Leeds City Art Gallery, Exhibition of Sculpture and Paintings by Jacob Epstein and Matthew Smith, 12th July - 14th September 1942, cat. no.48, p.12 (another cast);

London, Tate, Epstein, 25th September - 9th November 1952, cat. no.34, p.29;

London, Tate, Epstein, 3rd November - 17th December 1961 cat. no.34;

Birmingham, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, Rebel Angel Sculpture and Watercolours by Sir Jacob Epstein 1800-1959, 16th October - 30th November 1980, cat. no.35, illustrated p.24 (another cast);

London, Ben Uri Art Gallery, Epstein Centenary 1980: Bronzes, Drawings and Watercolours, 18th November - 18th December 1980, cat. no.22 (another cast);

Leeds, Leeds City Art Galleries, Jacob Epstein: Sculpture and Drawings, 16th April - 21st June 1987, cat. no.150, illustrated (another cast), with tour to Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.


Jacob Epstein, Let There Be Sculpture: An Autobiography, Michael Joseph,

London, 1940, pp.94-6, illustrated opposite p.86 (another cast);

Robert Black, The Art of Jacob Epstein, The World Publishing Co.,

New York, 1942, cat. no.91, illustrated pl.62 (another cast);

Jacob Epstein, Epstein: An Autobiography, Hulton Press,

London, 1955, pp.77-8, illustrated opposite p.71, (another cast);

Richard Buckle, Jacob Epstein: Sculptor, London, Faber and Faber, 1963,

illustrated pl.320, p.206 (another cast);

Evelyn Silber, The Sculpture of Jacob Epstein, Phaidon, Oxford, 1986,

 cat. no.234, illustrated p.174 (another cast);

June Rose, Daemons and Angels: A Life of Jacob Epstein, Constable & Robinson Ltd.,

London, pp.189-190, illustrated opposite p.109 (another cast).

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