Sir Jacob Epstein
Nan 1909

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Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Date 1909
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 445 x 381 x 229 mm, 15.8 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1922
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

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Epstein grew up in New York, and studied in Paris before settling in London in 1905. Shortly before the First World War he was associated with the Vorticist group. In later years, he became celebrated as a portraitist, and modelled busts of many distinguished figures. The sitter for this early bust was Nan Condron, a gypsy and professional artist’s model, whom Epstein met at the Café Royal in Regent Street. For several years, she modelled only for Epstein, and he made several sculptures and drawings of her.

Jacob Epstein was born in New York in 1880 and died in London in 1959.

September 2004

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