New York, East
23 February 1999
Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)
Maquettes for Social Consciousness
bronze with brown patina
21 x 12 x 8 in. (54.5 x 32.5 x 20.2 cm.)
Executed in 1951-1952
Leicster Galleries, London (acquired in 1966; by descent to the present owner).
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E. Silber, The Sculpture of Epstein, Oxford, 1986, no. 450 (another cast illustrated, p. 211).
The original maquette was conceived as part of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial in Philadelphia. Epstein began work on the project in 1949 and worked on the ambitious project for several years. Epstein only used the central figure in the large scale bronze memorial.
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