'Sonia', Jacob Epstein

'Sonia' bust

This bust was made in 1931 as a result of a commission from the Leicester Galleries in London. Cecil Phillips, who worked there, was a friend of the sitter’s family. It was said to be unique as the sculptor sold the copyright to the gallery along with the bust, although Epstein’s wife stated in a letter that there was another cast.

The sitter was Mrs Sonia Heath, originally Winifred Cicely Stratford. She was a model and did some work in films. Epstein apparently saw her in the Regent’s Park tea garden and, struck by her features, asked her to sit for him.

Bronze, modelled in 1931
Purchased in 1933
Accession Number WAG1312