- Object: 536 x 293 x 254 mm, 28 kg
- Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1934
N04754 ALBERT EINSTEIN 1933
Bronze, 17×11×10 (43×28×25).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1934.
Exh: Arthur Tooth & Sons, December 1933 (not numbered); R.A., 1934 (1593); Arts Council, Tate Gallery, September–November 1952 (34); Arts Council, Tate Gallery, November–December 1961 (34), incorrectly dated 1932.
Lit: Epstein, 1940, p.94, repr. facing p.86; ibid., 1955, p.77, repr. facing p.71; Buckle, 1963, pp.125, 170, 206, 337, 416, 427, repr. pl.320.
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1934, p.130; Black, 1942, p.62.
Professor Albert Einstein (1879–1955), the mathematician and physicist, originator of the Special Theory of Relativity 1905, Laws of the Photoelectric Effect 1905, and the General Theory of Relativity 1917.
Modelled at a refugee camp near Cromer to which Einstein had fled in 1933 when there were rumours of his intended assassination in Berlin. Epstein described the sittings (op. cit.) and noted Einstein's resemblance to the ageing Rembrandt. He added that the work had not been carried to completion when Einstein had to leave for America. He was Professor at Princeton University 1933–55.
Other casts are in the Science Museum, the University of Liverpool, the City Art Gallery, Birmingham, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and a number in private collections, including at least six in the U.S.A.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I