The Iconic Bronze Bust of Joseph Conrad by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)

Signed ‘Epstein’ (on the back)

 Provenance:

William B. Leeds, Virgin Islands.

Anonymous Sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 5 April 1967, lot 69.

B Gerald Cantor, Beverly Hills.

Anonymous Sale; Sotheby’s, London, 11 December 2006, lot 30.

Bronze with a green and brown patina mounted on later stand.  This sculpture is cast 5 from an edition of 6. 

Conceived in 1924 at the prompting of his close friend Sir Muirhead Bone it was originally intended as a commission for the Polish government (but never purchased).  Of the finished work an impressed Conrad had this to say, “the bust of Ep. has grown truly monumental.  It is a marvellously effective piece of sculpture with something more than a masterly interpretation…It is wonderful to go down to posterity like that.” [1]

Height: 23” (59cm). Height excluding base 22.5” (57cm). Width: 24” (61cm). Depth: 13.5” (34.5cm)

[1] (Jacob Epstein, Let There be Sculpture, Michael Joseph, London, 1940, pg. 94)

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