N03646 NAN 1909
Bronze, 17 1/2×15×9 (44×38×23).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1922.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, February–March 1917 (8); Arts Council, Tate Gallery, September–November 1952 (3); Edinburgh Festival, August–September 1961 (14, repr. pl.4).
Lit: Van Dieren, 1920, p.72, repr. pl.21; Wellington, 1925, p.15, repr. pl.3; Haskell, 1931, p.166; Buckle, 1963, pp.41–2, 59, 88, 424, repr. pls.59, 60.
Repr: Black, 1942, pl.2; Epstein, 1955, facing p.38.
The sitter was Nan Condron, a gipsy and a professional model. She also posed for Orpen and Rothenstein, but, becoming devoted to Epstein, she gave up working for other artists for several years. He made a number of sculptures of her, including a small sketch for this work; an undraped version of the head only, formerly in the Eumorfopoulos Collection (repr. Van Dieren, op. cit., pl.49); a nude seated figure ‘Nan Seated’ of 1911, height 19 in. (repr. Buckle, op. cit., pls.84, 85); and a reclining nude called ‘The Dreamer’, also of 1911 and 11 in. high (repr. Buckle, op. cit., pls. 83, 86). Three drawings of her made in 1909–11 are reproduced in Epstein and Buckle, 1962, pls. 22–4.
The right ear-ring on this cast has been broken off.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I