Letters from Jacob Epstein, Benno Elkan, Margaret Epstein and Kathleen Garman to Mr and Mrs Samuels

1940–8

collection owner: Sir Jacob Epstein, ‘Letters from Jacob Epstein, Benno Elkan, Margaret Epstein and Kathleen Garman to Mr and Mrs Samuels’ 1940–8

Available online are seventeen letters from Jacob Epstein to the art collectors Mr and Mrs Samuels. The correspondence charts the beginnings of a more personal relationship between Epstein and the Samuels, who in the 1940's began to visit the artist and buy work directly from him. The letters concern purchases by Samuels of four of Epstein's important sculpture works and flower paintings including: 'The Visitation' 1928; 'R.B. Cunningham Grahame' 1923; a previously unattributed bronze of 'Peggy Jean' and 'The Girl from Baku' 1944. The letters also discuss the bombing of the Leicester Galleries in 1941 which impacted Epstein's exhibition at the time and Epstein's financial matters. The letters also illustrate that Epstein had an important role in introducing the Samuels to Matthew Smith.

Details of the remainder of the collection can be found on the Archive catalogue.

Collection Owner
Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Purchased at auction (Lot 249) from the Swann Galleries, New York in May 1990.
Reference
TGA 9012

17 objects in this collection

Title
Letters from Jacob Epstein, Benno Elkan, Margaret Epstein and Kathleen Garman to Mr and Mrs Samuels
Date
1940–8
Description
Available online are seventeen letters from Jacob Epstein to the art collectors Mr and Mrs Samuels. The correspondence charts the beginnings of a more personal relationship between Epstein and the Samuels, who in the 1940's began to visit the artist and buy work directly from him. The letters concern purchases by Samuels of four of Epstein's important sculpture works and flower paintings including: 'The Visitation' 1928; 'R.B. Cunningham Grahame' 1923; a previously unattributed bronze of 'Peggy Jean' and 'The Girl from Baku' 1944. The letters also discuss the bombing of the Leicester Galleries in 1941 which impacted Epstein's exhibition at the time and Epstein's financial matters. The letters also illustrate that Epstein had an important role in introducing the Samuels to Matthew Smith.

Details of the remainder of the collection can be found on the Archive catalogue.
Reference
TGA 9012

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Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

22 May 1940

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

9 August 1940

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

28 August 1940

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

16 September 1940

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

2 October 1940

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

19 [October 1940]

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

14 November 1940

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

28 May [1941]

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

10 June [1941]

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

18 July [1941]

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

31 July 1941

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

14 September 1941

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

2 October [1941]

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

8 October 1941

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

12 [December 1941]

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: S Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mr S. Samuels

21 May 1942

Sir Jacob Epstein, recipient: Mrs Samuels Letter from Jacob Epstein to Mrs Samuels

11 December [1944]