St Michael and the Devil, c.1974
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.
Issued in 1974 as part of a First Day Cover on the 28th of November, to accompany the release of new Christmas stamp designs.
Drafted and designed by Les Mallett, who was a manager at J & J Cash, after the Epstein sculpture of St Michael and the Devil, which adorns the new Coventry Cathedral.
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