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Epstein returned to flower and landscape painting frequently during the 1930s. According to his autobiography, 'Let There Be Sculpture', during the summer of 1933 he painted nearly a hundred water-colours of Epping Forest, where he rented a cottage. 'I could go there with my daughter and we did not have to walk far before seeing something worth painting. As usual with me, what started as a mere diversion became in the end a passion, and I could think of nothing else but painting. I arose to paint and painted until sundown ...'

August 2004