Jacob Epstein

American-born British sculptor (1880-1959)

Sir Jacob Epstein (10 November 188019 August 1959) was an American-born British sculptor who worked chiefly in the UK, where he pioneered modern sculpture. He also painted, and exhibited pictures regularly in exhibitions.

Jacob Epstein


  • A sculptor is supposed to be a dull dog anyway, so why should he not break out in colour sometimes, and in my case I'd as soon be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.
    • Autobiography (Fletcher & Sons, Norwich, 1963)
  • To accuse me of making sensations is the easiest way of attacking me, and in reality leaves the question of sculpture untouched.
    • Jacob Epstein, An Autobiography (London, 1955), p. 29

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