Dame Sybil Thorndike
Wooden plinth 119.5 x 35.5 x 35.5
“SYBIL THORNDIKE / by EPSTEIN / PRESENTED BY SIR BRONSON ALBERY / 693” (gold painted plaque on plinth)
Sir Bronson Albery, by whom presented to the Garrick Club, 1960
There is a version of the bust in the collection of John Casson dated 1924, although Buckle lists it as one of Epstein's eight 1925 portrait busts. Buckle suggests that the upward gaze and bobbed hair are reminders of Sybil Thorndyke's great success as St Joan (1924-25).
“The Sculptor Speaks: Jacob Epstein to Arnold L. Haskell” (1931) illustrated opposite p. 34, listed in catalogue as 1925 p. 184; “Jacob Epstein Sculptor” (1963) p. 140, No. 216, p. 426; Evelyn Silber “The Sculpture of Epstein” (1986) p. 158 No. 161
Sybil Thorndike was one of the signators to Muirhead Bone's letter to “The Times” 23 November 1925 objecting to a proposal to remove Epstein's controversial sculpture “Rima” from Hyde Park.