The Heart of London

Day sculpture

Photograph of the ‘Day’ sculpture at 55 Broadway

Photographed by Sidney W. Newbery (1894-1985)
Artist: Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)
Copyright: TfL from the London Transport Museum collection

Epstein began carving the two figures for 'Day', depicting a seated man with a naked child reaching up, whilst the building was still under scaffolding. As the work was carried out during the winter of 1928, a timber shed was built around the sculptures to protect them from the elements and the gaze of curious onlookers. When finally uncovered, the sculpture was predictably criticised in the popular press as primeval, ugly and offensive.
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