The Heart of London

Night sculpture

Photograph of Jacob Epstein standing next to 'Night' sculpture, 55 Broadway

Photographed by Topical Press
Artist: Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)
Copyright: TfL from the London Transport Museum collection

For the main street façades, Holden commissioned avant-garde sculptor Jacob Epstein to create two decorative works of his own choice. Holden must have known this was risky, as his earlier collaborations with Epstein 20 years earlier on the BMA building in the Strand and Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Paris had both caused controversy. This photograph shows Epstein next to his sculpture of 'Night'. Depicting a seated figure with a man draped across the lap, Epstein described it as 'elemental and primitive; man resting in the lap of night'.

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