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Augustus John (1878-1961)
EPSTEIN, Sir Jacob (1880 - 1959)
Size: 34.9 cm
Acquired: 1939; Gift; Rt Hon. Viscount Tredegar
Accession Number: NMW A 144
Shortly after his arrival in London from Paris in 1905, Epstein became acquainted with the sitter. John executed two portrait etchings of the sculptor in 1907. Epstein recalled: 'John's head had plenty of dignity but there was much more to it than that, and I wanted to capture a certain wildness, an untamed quality that is the essence of the man'.