'Deidre', Jacob Epstein

'Deidre' bust

Deidre entered Epstein’s home as cook and housekeeper in 1939 and soon became his model. She left in about 1942, married and went to Australia. Little else is known about her. Epstein made three different portraits of Deidre.

Here, he shows just her head and the top of her shoulders. The large, heavy-lidded eyes and wide cheekbones and mouth typify his work of the 1940s.

Like the Walker Art Gallery’s bust of Albert Einstein, this portrait was purchased from the dealer Charles Jackson of Manchester in 1948, but for the collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Bronze, modelled in 1942
Purchased in 1948
Accession Numbers LL200 & LS14

An extended study of 'Deidre' is also available online as part of our Artwork of the month series.