17th Oct, 2023 10:00

Modern and Contemporary Art

Lot 128


Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)

Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)
First portrait of Kitty (with curls)
bronze with a gold-brown patina, conceived in 1944
42cm wide
43cm deep
47cm high overall, on a composite stone base

Provenance: Christie's, South Kensington, 'Modern British & Irish Art', 9 December 2015.

Exhibited: London, Leicester Galleries, 'Girl with the Gardenias and Other Recent Sculpture by Jacob Epstein', May-June 1994, no. 3.

Literature: E Silber, '
The Sculpture of Epstein', Oxford, 1986, p.195, no. 356, another cast illustrated.

Kathleen Eleonora 'Kitty' Garman, later Kitty Epstein and Kitty Godley (27 August 1926 – 11 January 2011), was a British artist and muse. She was a model for her father Jacob Epstein, her first husband, Lucian Freud, and Andrew Tift. In 2004 she had her own show at the New Art Gallery, Walsall.

Kitty was well practised at sitting patiently for her portrait. The eldest daughter of the American-born twentieth-century sculptor Jacob Epstein, and his lover, also called Kathleen Garman. She frequently modelled for her father and here she is in bronze, cast in 1944, with a thick tumble of curls and those ever wide-open eyes.

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Sold for £8,500

Condition Report

Dirt, dust and discolouration in the crevices and eye sockets.



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Auction: Modern and Contemporary Art, 17th Oct, 2023


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Monday 16 October, 10am - 5pm 

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