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Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)
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Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)

Second Portrait of Pandit Nehru (bust)

Details
Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)
Second Portrait of Pandit Nehru (bust)
bronze with a green patina
15 in. (39.4 cm.) high
Conceived in October 1948.
Provenance
Acquired by Edward P. Schinman between 1960 and 1967, and by descent.
Literature
R. Buckle, Jacob Epstein Sculptor, London, 1963, pp. 324-5, pl. 503, another cast illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Exhibition of Jacob Epstein's Work from the Collection of Mr Edward P. Schinman, New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1967, p. 94, illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Exhibition of Epstein's work from the collection of Mr. Edward P. Schinman, Trenton, New Jersey State Museum, 1968, p. 94, illustrated.
E.P. and B. Schinman (eds.), Jacob Epstein A Catalogue of the Collection of Edward P. Schinman, New Jersey, 1970, p. 80, illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Jacob Epstein: Sculpture, watercolours & drawings from the collection of Edward P. Schinman, Miami, University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum, 1971, p. 53, no. 54, illustrated.
E. Silber, The Sculpture of Jacob Epstein, Oxford, 1986, p. 204, no. 410, another cast illustrated.
Exhibited
New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Exhibition of Jacob Epstein's Work from the Collection of Mr Edward P. Schinman, February - April 1967.
Trenton, New Jersey State Museum, Exhibition of Epstein's work from the collection of Mr. Edward P. Schinman, September - December 1968.
Miami, University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum, Jacob Epstein: Sculpture, watercolours & drawings from the collection of Edward P. Schinman, October - November 1971, no. 54: this exhibition travelled to New York, Danenberg-Roman Galleries, December 1971.
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Lot Essay

Pandit Nehru (1889 - 1964) became the first president of an independent India on 14th August 1947, and remained in the position for the next seventeen years. As a key figure in international post-war politics, he came to London for the Commonwealth Conference in 1946 and it was during this visit that Epstein sculpted a sketch on which this portrait is based. Stephen Gardiner writes:

'Nehru ended up as a sitter purely by chance; he had never met Epstein, and wanted to see his studio while he was over; he was so keen to do so that he waited half-an-hour for the sculptor, out when he arrived. As they were talking together, Epstein became interested in his remarkable looks, and realising that a rare oppurtunity was being wasted, at once asked him to sit. In three days, with a session of one hour only starting at 9 a.m., the head was finished: Epstein called it a sketch, but it was a superb sketch, capturing exactly the Indian delicacy of the subject's bone structure' (S. Gardiner, Epstein: Artist Against the Establishment, London, 1992, p. 397).


For additional works by Jacob Epstein from the Edward P. Schinman Collection, please see lots 321-327 and 356-364 in the Modern British and Irish Art sale at Christie's South Kensington on 14 December 2012.
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