Catalogue entry

N05579 ESTHER 1930
Not inscribed.
Bronze, 21×25×10 (53×63·5×25·5).
Presented by Howard Bliss 1945.
Coll: Purchased by Howard Bliss from the Leicester Galleries 1931.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, February 1931 (4); Jacob Epstein and Matthew Smith, Temple Newsam, Leeds, July–September 1942 (43); Arts Council, Tate Gallery, September–November 1952 (32).
Lit: Haskell, 1931, p.190, repr. facing p.55; Buckle, 1963, pp.174, 426, repr. pl.266.

Modelled from a half Negro half Jewish night-club entertainer whose sister, Rebecca (repr. Buckle, op. cit., pl.265), also sat to the sculptor. Buckle calls N05579 ‘Betty (Esther)’ to distinguish it from later busts of the sculptor's youngest daughter, Esther, made in 1944, 1948 and 1949 (repr. Buckle, op. cit., pls.449–55, 482, 509–11). Several casts exist of the Tate Gallery bronze.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I