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Ninth Portrait of Peggy Jean (laughing) Ninth Portrait of Peggy Jean (laughing) Ninth Portrait of Peggy Jean (laughing) Ninth Portrait of Peggy Jean (laughing)

Ninth Portrait of Peggy Jean (laughing)

Item Code: JE-124-u
Medium
Bronze
Cat Rais No
Silber 124
Height (cm)
23
Date of Work
1921
Base price $15,292
Daughter of Jacob Epstein and Meum Lindsell-Stewart, one of Epstein's previous lovers.

‘The Ninth Portrait of Peggy Jean is one of Epstein’s most remarkable studies of children. Lying in wait to pounce and fix an expression, he has amazingly caught the moment when a child’s look of uncomprehending wonder turns into laughter. The harvest of curls helps to make this head a delightful object.’ Richard Buckle, Jacob Epstein Sculptor, 1963.

Epstein had always been fond of children. In October 1918 Peggy Jean was born and he had one of his own. He was fascinated by the baby’s changing expressions and began to try to catch them in clay. Within the first three years of her life Epstein made at least fourteen.
Jacob Epstein portraitEpstein was born in 1880, the son of Polish Jewish refugees in New York’s Lower East Side. He moved to Paris aged 22 where he studied at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts before settling in England and becoming a British citizen in 1911.

In London, Epstein was involved with a bohemian and artistic crowd reflected in his work. His sculpture is distinguished by its unflinching realism – a style which attracted a great deal of controversy for its departure from conventions of classical sculpture. Epstein is said to have worked to his dying day on 21 August 1959. His work is displayed all over the world and helped forge the path for younger generations of sculptors, in particular Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
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