Second Portrait of Deidre (in a slip) bronze with a brown patina 54 cm. (21 1/2 in.) high Conceived in 1941-2
PROVENANCE: With Washington Irving Gallery, New York, where purchased by the present owner circa 1960
LITERATURE: Richard Buckle, Jacob Epstein: Sculptor, Faber and Faber, London, 1963, p.267, pl.403 (another cast ill.b&w) Evelyn Silber, The Sculpture of Epstein, Phaidon, Oxford, 1986, cat.no.321 (another cast ill.b&w)
Between 1941 and 1942 Epstein produced three sculptures of the model Deidre.
'The Second Portrait of Deidre (with a slip) is perhaps an even more delightful work than the first. Her hair falls forward over the left shoulder to where the shoulder-strap of her slip is only just holding it on; and the curve of the slip slanting across her breast continues a crescent frame to the face which the hair began.' (Richard Buckle, Jacob Epstein: Sculptor, Faber and Faber, London, 1963, p.267)