A portrait of the head of 2 year old Romily John, son of Epstein's friend, Augustus John.
Romily John by Sir Jacob Epstein, 1907
© Estate of Jacob Epstein/Tate, London 2006
- Height: 20.3 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £8,000 ( Total: £16,000)
- Acquired in:
- 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.
Purchased by either J Quinn, 1914; NY, Scott and Fowles, 1924 or EP Schinman; ...; private collection, New York.