The sitter was Nina Forrest, an artist's model and the wife of the painter Henry Lamb. Lamb called her Euphemia because she looked like the female in the Italian Renaiassance artist Andrea Mantegna's painting of St Euphemia. Epstein and Lamb were good friends and Nina sat twice for Epstein. Epstein has kept to the format of early Renaissance portrait busts here, probably in order to suggest a link with the Mantegna painting.
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