Sir Jacob Epstein
Jacob Kramer 1921

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Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Jacob Kramer
Date 1921
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 658 x 539 x 332 mm, 35.5 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1924
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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Jacob Kramer (1892–1962) was a painter, originally from the Ukraine, who settled in Leeds in 1900. Epstein asked Kramer to model for him, and offered to sit for Kramer in return. He later wrote: ‘The Leeds painter, Kramer, was a model who seemed to be on fire. He was extraordinarily nervous. Energy seemed to leap into his hair as he sat, and sometimes he would be shaken by queer trembling like ague. I would try to calm him so as to get on with the work.’

September 2016

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