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Head of Joan Greenwood


Epstein's modelled portrait sculpture generally aroused much more sympathy that his public stone carving, often of Biblical subjects, which were savagely criticised and attacked in the press. This small bust dates from about 1930. The sitter was one of Epstein's many child models. He refers to this bust in his Autobiography (1963): 'In Joan Greenwood, there is the precocious child with elfin smile.' She was possibly eleven or twelve years old when she modelled for Epstein. The bust was lent to a special exhibition in the Ulster Museum in 1974.