The British portrait painter and draftsman Augustus John (1878-1961) was among the first friends Epstein made in England. A popular figure in London society, John was considered the epitome of bohemia. His free-flowing hair and beard and dramatic character are captured in this portrait, which, in Epstein's words, conveys "a certain wildness, an untamed quality that is the essence of the man."
Kamien-Kazhdan, Adina, Focus on the Collection: Jacob Epstein, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002
Focus on the Collection: Jacob Epstein, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 23/08/2002 - 28/04/2003