Lot 31: SIR JACOB EPSTEIN
20th Century British Art
May 26, 2010
London, United Kingdom
Description: SIR JACOB EPSTEIN 1880-1959 ALBERT EINSTEIN signed bronze with a green patina height (including base): 53.5cm.; 21in.
Conceived in 1933.
According to the Epstein Centenary exhibition catalogue, Epstein was asked to execute a portrait bust of Professor Einstein after the latter's arrival in England in 1933. Epstein states in his Autobiography: 'His glance contained a mixture of the humane, humorous and the profound. This was a combination that delighted me. He resembled an ageing Rembrandt.'
Property of Morton Oliphant, Esq.
Sale, Sotheby's, London, 26υth November 1969, lot 329, whence acquired by the family of the present owner
London, Arthur Tooth and Sons, 1933;
Leeds, Leeds City Art Gallery, Exhibition of Sculpture and Paintings by Jacob Epstein and Matthew Smith, 12th July - 14th September 1942, cat. no.48 (another cast);
Birmingham, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, Rebel Angel Sculpture and Watercolours by Sir Jacob Epstein 1880-1959, 16th October - 30th November 1980, cat. no.35, illustrated in the catalogue p.24 (another cast);
London, Ben Uri Art Gallery, Epstein Centenary 1980, 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 in the catalogue p.244 (another cast), and travelling to London, Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Jacob Epstein, Let There Be Sculpture An Autobiography, Michael Joseph Ltd, London, 1940, pp.94-6, illustrated opposite p.86 (another cast);
R. Black, The Art of Jacob Epstein, World Publishing Company, New York and Cleveland, 1942, illustrated pl.62, cat. no.91 (another cast);
Jacob Epstein, Epstein: An Autobiography, Hulton, London, 1955, illustrated opposite p.71, pp.77-8 (another cast);
Richard Buckle, Jacob Epstein Sculptor, Faber and Faber Limited, London, 1963, illustrated pl.320, p.206 (another cast);
Evelyn Silber, The Sculpture of Epstein with a Complete Catalogue, Phaidon Press Limited, Oxford, 1986, cat. no.234, illustrated p.174 (another cast).