Art: The Reward of Adam

Sandwiched between "Fine Chippendale'' and "French Books" in the London Times last week was an ad that was enough to make an old sculptor turn in his chisel. The ad: "Epstein's masterpieces. Adam, Jacob and the Angel, Consummatum Est, For Sale. Offers Wanted." The statues were three of Jacob Epstein's most famous works: a hulking, dumbly defiant alabaster giant that makes the first man look scarcely human; a muscle-bound Jacob hugging a brutish-looking angel; and a recumbent, mummy like figure of Christ, with crude but powerfully eloquent hands upturned in protest.

The three sculptures, along with a gracefully sprawling nude called...

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