Bust of Meum

1916
Epstein, Jacob
Epstein was an exceptional modeller of portrait busts and many eminent figures of the day sat for him, including T. S. Eliot and Winston Churchill, however, some of his finest portraits are of the women and children who were close to him. He was able to capture the salient physical characteristics of the sitter as well as give an insight into their personality. Meum was Mrs Meum Lindsell-Stewart, an attractive typist who modelled for Epstein during the late 1910s, and was the mother of Peggy Jean, Epstein's first child, born in 1918. There is a similar portrait, 'Meum with a Fan', in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, in which the figure is extended to include the torso, arms and hands.
  • Artwork Details: 42.5 x 39.4 x 26.7cm
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  • Material description: bronze
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  • Theme: Portrait
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: AC 876

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