Sir Jacob Epstein

Kathleen

1921

Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 470 x 470 x 305 mm, 21.9 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1952
Reference
N06089

Catalogue entry

N06089 KATHLEEN 1921
 
Not inscribed.
Bronze, 18 1/2×18 1/2×12 (47×47×30).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1952.
Coll: Purchased by the C.A.S. from the Leicester Galleries 1924 and lent to the Tate Gallery 1925–52.
Exh: Arts Council, Tate Gallery, September–November 1952 (17); Edinburgh Festival, August–September 1961 (66); Arts Council, Tate Gallery, November–December 1961 (19); Midlands tour, 1963.
Lit: Haskell, 1931, p.178; Buckle, 1963, pp.80, 109, 425, repr. pl.108.
Repr: Wellington, 1925, pl.20 (the cast now at Manchester).

The sitter is Lady Epstein, formerly Mrs Kathleen Garman, secretary and model to Epstein, whom he married in 1955 as his second wife. This bust was begun the day after Epstein met her in August 1921 and is the first of seven portraits of her; there are also a number of drawings of her in pencil.

Another cast of this work is in the Rutherston Collection, Manchester, and a third in a private collection in the U.S.A.

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