Romily John by Sir Jacob Epstein

A portrait of the head of 2 year old Romily John, son of Epstein's friend, Augustus John.

Details

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Height: 20.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £16,000)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
Whitford Fine Art

The work departs radically from the fussily decorative headwear favoured by Victorian sculptors. Instead the boy is wearing a burnished hemispherical cap which gives the head a completely abstracted form when viewed from the back. The tension between the abstraction of the cap and the naturalism of the head takes the work beyond that of a conventional portrait study.

Provenance

Purchased by either J Quinn, 1914; NY, Scott and Fowles, 1924 or EP Schinman; ...; private collection, New York.

Venue details

The New Art Gallery Walsall Gallery Square, WALSALL West Midlands WS2 8LG 01922 654400 www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk/

Entry details

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