Jacob Epstein (1880–1959)

© estate of John David Roberts. By courtesy of the William Roberts Society. Image credit: Ben Uri Collection

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Kramer had sat to sculptor Jacob Epstein for his bust in 1921, and Kramer's lithograph of Epstein is a reciprocal likeness. The two men had met shortly after Epstein's arrival in England and formed a lasting friendship. Kramer said of Epstein, 'If I couldn't be myself at all, I should want to be Epstein – for his bigness and fearlessness of thought. No matter what happens to him, or his work, he remains himself [...] The man is greater than his work. I'd like to be greater than my work so that my work would be all the greater'. (Yorkshire Post, 7.11.1931).

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



Jacob Epstein (1880–1959)




lithograph on paper


H 56 x W 40 cm

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presented by Dr Wendy Baron, in memory of the late Hugh Baron

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Signed (lower right): 'Kramer'


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