Sir Jacob Epstein
Ann Freud 1949–50

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Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Ann Freud
Date 1949–50
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 280 x 190 x 203 mm, 11.3 kg
Acquisition Bequeathed by Alison, Lady Hayter 1987
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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