12 black & white illus. pasted on leaves. 32 unnumbered pages. 8vo (214 x 135 mm.), orig. blue cloth over boards (spine sunned), title in gilt on upper cover & spine. [Manchester: The Cloister Press, Ltd., 1943].
An exceedingly rare Epstein exhibition catalogue, signed by the artist; WorldCat records only the BL copy. As explained on the verso of the title-page, 50 percent of sales from this exhibition were to be given to the Merchant Navy Comforts Service. Epstein writes a brief introduction about the works he has selected: “The works in this collection which date from so early as the ‘Marcelle’ 1920 to the Chinese Girl ‘Chia Pi’ (Precious Jewel) 1942 cover a period long enough to embody at any rate a fairly comprehensive development. The works are all in bronze and reflect immediate reactions to things (persons) seen and treated realistically and might seem to leave out those larger imaginative carvings and bronzes such as ‘Genesis,’ ‘Jacob and the Angel,’ the ‘Ecce Homo’ which directly embody abstruse philosophical or humanistic and religious themes. But to my mind and method of treatment the study however small must reflect not only the sculptor’s vision but his most profound inner feeling before embodied form whatever the shape. I would destroy the legend of the ‘dual personality’.”
This volume lists 46 paintings, sculptures, watercolors, and drawings, all priced. It includes the work of Epstein, Frances Helps, Percy Horton, P.H. Jowett, Charles Mahoney, Gilbert Spencer, Beatrice Bland, R.O. Dunlap, Richard Eurich, Allan Gwynne-Jones, Louise Pickard, Richard Sickert, Rowland Suddaby, E. Boudin, D.Y. Cameron, Christopher Wood, Augustus John, Paul Nash, R.V. Pitchforth, Thomas Rowlandson, and Albert Rutherston. The show also featured loaned paintings, sculptures, and watercolors. Twelve of Epstein’s sculptures are depicted in the illustrations. Signed by Epstein on the verso of the front free-endpaper.
A fine copy.
❧ Oxford Art online (Epstein).
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