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Jacob Epstein : Niche Sculpture for BMA House : Strand London WC2 | by pomphorhynchus
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Jacob Epstein : Niche Sculpture for BMA House : Strand London WC2

London was not ready for Epstein's first major commission — 18 large nude sculptures made in 1908 for the façade of Charles Holden's building for the British Medical Association on The Strand (now Zimbabwe House) were initially considered shocking to Edwardian sensibilities. However, the mutilated condition of many of the sculptures has nothing to do with prudish censorship; it was caused in the 1930s when possibly dangerous projecting features were hacked-off after pieces fell from one of the statues.

 

 

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Taken on January 14, 2007