Sir Jacob Epstein
Euphemia Lamb 1908

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Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Euphemia Lamb
Date 1908
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 375 x 400 x 203 mm, 12 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1917
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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