In later life, Epstein became a celebrated portrait sculptor and was commissioned to make busts of many distinguished public figures. This sculpture, in contrast, shows a small child with a mop of curly hair and rounded cheeks, apparently caught mid-movement. Ann Freud was Epstein’s grand-daughter, the child of his daughter Kitty who was married to painter Lucian Freud. Epstein cherished his grand-daughter’s ‘spontaneity and charm’ which he captured in this sensitive, personal portrait.
Jacob Epstein was born in New York in 1880 and died in London in 1959.