Sir Jacob Epstein
Albert Einstein 1933

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Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Albert Einstein
Date 1933
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 536 x 293 x 254 mm, 28 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1934
Not on display

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The famous physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) fled Germany in 1933, and was staying in a refugee camp in Britain when Epstein made this portrait bust. However, Einstein left to take up a professorship at Princeton before it was completed. Epstein later described Einstein’s ‘wild hair floating in the wind’ and wrote that ‘his glance contained a mixture of the humane, the humorous, and the profound. This was a combination that delighted me. He resembled the ageing Rembrandt’.

Jacob Epstein was born in New York in 1880 and died in London in 1959.

August 2004

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