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Book Description
Jacob Epstein [1880-1959] American artist, who made his home in England, 2 page autograph letter dated July 30 1929. The background to the letter [written, I think to a newspaper, possibly the London Evening Standard] was a remark made by the Bishop of Liverpool, Richard Downey as the foundations of the new Catholic cathedral in Liverpool designed by Lutyens were being laid. Downey said; 'It would' said the bishop 'be a calamity if anything Epsteinish were found in the new cathedral'. Epstein was a controversial figure by now, his works causing a certain degree of public outrage with their overt sexuality. 'I note that Bishop Downey says that it would "calamitous" if in his earch for a modern interpretation of Christianity nothing were achieved but something "Epsteinish". Why would an "Epsteinish" conception of Christianity be at variance with our late exhibition of Christianity in the Great War? When all Christian & heathen nations warred with each other. Perhaps Epstein can express modern Christianity as well or better than any sculptor. Bishop Downey does not wish to have mere imitations of Gothic or Byzantine sculpture. He can only then turn to Epstein. Who else is there? The Roman Catholic Church employed Michaelangelo: Raphael and other great living artists of their day. Who can they turn to today but the Jew Epstein? sincerely, Epstein
Author Jacob Epstein, sculptor
Date 1929
Binding no binding
Condition vg
Pages 2

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