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IKJqMJ) ' " m r mm w x V X. X. X Epstein's Grotesque "Venus" for Which Dolores, at Left, Posed. abandoned all old - fashioned beauty in Dortrayinir her. ideas of But, in the main, his clientele has been large and faithful. Society and the stage have flocked to be "done" by tho most radical worker in clay, bronze and marble since Rodin. Lady Droghedn, the Duchesses of Hamilton and Marlborough, Sybil Thomdike, the tragic atcress, all have submitted with good grace to the mercurial Jacob's plastic attentions in bust or statue or panel - portrait. It must be said, with regard to Epstein's calm in the face of these attacks, that he is getting pretty ' used to such high - voltage anger. Ever since the purple episode of his Oscar Wilde monument in Pere La Chaise Cemetery, Paris, he has been fair game for anyone who did not see artistic Ideals eye to eye with him. That incident was typical of many others to follow. Certain persons who were revolted by the tablature tried to deface it. The, span of years between that occur - rence and Epstein's modeling of Sunita has been marked. But the same intense Meum Stewart, Queen of British Revue, m She REALLY Is. ' ' r ;:X l&mlij Will Epsteins Bust of Sunita London's Idol, 'Outdo in Uf His Other "Marble Monsters i " Dolores, Famous Mystery Model, Who "Stood For" , Epstein's Weird Depiction of Her Features. LONDON. 'HAT man would turn Venus Into a gorilla; Helen of Troy into a hyena, and Cleopatra into a sinister pig!" , Such was the explosive wail of a lovely Englinh model who "walked out on" Jacob Epstein, the radical young Jewish sculptor, who has become the storm center in the greatest art rumpus that ever shook a nation. This amazing person, the son of a Hester street, New York, baker, and a pupil of the towering Rodin, is being denounced from Kentishtown to Cornwall as "the prophet of nightmares." A visiting Italian Marchesa has dubbed him "the demon lover of stone." And yet, with all the invective being hurled at his head, to tho surprise of conservative painters and statue makers, the most beautiful young women 1a the Empire continue to pose for him with results that infuriate their parents and disgust their friends. While the Honorable John Collier, Sir Philip Burne - Jones and other established artists fill the press with tirades against Epstein, while his Rima tablet on the memorial to W. H. Hudson, the naturalist and novelist, in Hyde Park, frightens away the birds, Epstein placidly smiles and bends his volcanic energies to a new task: the sculpting of Sunita Devi, the twenty - two - year - old Indian beautg, Sunita, who fled from bondage as the bride of Ahmed Peerbhoy, a millionaire of Bombay, with her grace,, youth and splendor first captivated London and then horrified it by consenting to pose for Epstein. For to London Sunita is what Pavlowa was to Petrograd in her prime; what Ruth St. Denis and Maude Allan were to New York the dancing marvel of the day. And London, having accustomed itself, snore or less, to the weird interpretations which Epstein placed on such favorites as pallid Lillian Shelley, red - haired Elsa Lanchester and. little Betty May, now discovers that its pet new idol, Sunita, is also willing to submit to the sculptor's methods as an "advanced" artist. Esthetic England is sharply split into rival camps, battling for and against Epstein. Bernard Shaw has "come out" for ' aim. ' On the other hand, Burne - Jones, i Collier' and their cohorts are frankly and 'ocally intent on putting him in his place. : ' Itrangest of all, the ladies who have sat 'or Epstein with a few vehement excep - Jons seem perfectly content with his tfforts to depict them. Dolores, the cryptic model, whose iden - ?ty for years baffled press and public; edora Roselli; Meum Stewart, famed jn revue these three lead the van of resplendent girls whose loyalty to Epstein's art Has been tested by time. Now and then as in the instance quoted nt the beginning of this despatch - - a refractory miss has. been found who thought Epstein "just horrid" because ho had tlie .u. .t 19 noundr brLkln. all tilirht W,lt records In Connecticut - ft I Spiff .rtB.r.M imruf p fhids VVVXN . xx XX , . - ' , - ' fcygy - : ' I m V - :;i X x.rA.::5As,x:v v;i mormt, ao cosea xt .... 10 cenU hlaher than the open - aooui me Itauree - " tii ivuu r bitterness colors botH, granting that London feels far more strongly about Sunita than Paris ever did about the dead Wilde. The story of how she came into contact with the sculptor of Rima is a fascinating one. The girl had left India, appalled at the thought of a loveless m - riage with an elderly man, whom she abhorred. Anna Pavlowa had glimpsed her at the Cafe de Paris, in Paris, and had been enthralled by her beauty. "I will make that girl the rage of London," prophesied the great Russian. And she did. Later the Pavlowa Baliet, in the British metropolis, announced a nameless Indian dancer. It is a fact that not even Mme. Pavlowa had the faintest conception of the newcomer's identity. But pit and stalls gasped when, wearing a gayly - hued sari and with a gardenia in her hair, Sunita flung herself into the measures of "A Hindu Wedding" and "Oriental Impressions." Sunita was "made." Clad in gorgeous brocades, she was rapturously welcomed by society. Then, at the peak of her fame, when the mere flash of her eye would turn St. James's Square into a crowd of gaping yokels, Sunita encountered a man Borne say a great man; some, a charlatan who fell victim to her charms. But only as an artist. Jacob Epstein had Leen invited, with Mrs. Epstein, to a dinner party at the Hyde Park HoteL Among the guests was Sunita Devi. It was a formal affair,, yet from host to waiters all eyes were turned Epstein's Odd Version in Clay of Mis Stewart. Jacob the He Epstein, Radical Sculptor, Working on Bust of Sunita, Which Expect to Be His Masterpiece. xx ' ' v on the "maiden . with the perfect throat" Even the blase Epstein's eyes. He sent hors d'oeuvres and soup away UntnllrVioH TV M. .t V - I . - v ina mi, in, mux iiiui cu ; . "She is the most beautiful woman in the world tha InvoKoaf .. ewT.svcjw W intUl O MICllA. CVCI lived." Mrs. Epstein agreed. She de - termined to stir up the opportunity for her husband to meet the Indian. Before the evening was over, Sunita, a bit astonished, had promised to visit them on the following Sunday. . Epstein awaited her with, the impatience of any artist who feels himself on the brink of creating a masterpiece. He himself opened the door to her. Seizing her hastily by the arm, he half - dragged her to the studio, where he pushed her into a favorable light, raised her chin, tapped brusquely a shoulder that was not in the position he wished, and strode over to where the clay awaited his itching lingers. Not one word of greeting had he 1 uiterea. ne moved about like a man in a dream or nightmare. Sunita was panic - stricken. It took the suave tact of Mrs. Epstein to reassure her. So politic, however, was the artist's wife that entually she persuaded the timid girl to stop indefinitely in the Epstein household, so that Jacob could complete . his work on her head. Meanwhile he labors on what he fondly believes will be his masterpiece. The eyes of all London are riveted on this curious and unparalleled triangle. Europe is awaiting the unveiling of the completed statue of the Indian with held .breath. "Epstein's reputation," said a well - . knoirn critic, "at least has come to authentic trial. . Having for years chosen the loveliest models . and then deliberately distorted them in forms to the average person " I ".T," h'V h V ... .... " - " - - " - - - . - (X: Snnita Devi, 22 - Year. Old Indian Beauty, Who Fled from Husband, Family and Friends to Become May fair's Divinity. Dancing etnt a"d NatUFe and Beauty their due? "What will happen in the case of Sunita? Will she inspire him to create in a new, a saner fashion T Or will she emerge in marble merely as 'The Tin Hat,' the 'Venus' and. 'The Rock Drill' emerged, at the expense of her own reputation for pulchritude? Will Epstein's Sunita immortalize this flower of the East in such a way as to give coming generations a true conception of the woman she was? Or ill she be shown like another Rima a sight that makes bystanders shudder and robins fly away screeching?" Signorina Roselli, as Epstein Strangely Visualised Her. ' i.. ''ITr.Vi - ..Vt. tmir - hdnwn from l,L e" Erf n. and aoal was " . ' son hideously ugly, will he at last , v, g . . ' - A V ' Fedora Roselli, as tho Accurate (' - " ' f ', .. V V - Camera Catches Her. '. ;. :! . I - ' .Z. XfA ' v - ' A ! hideously ugly, will he at last : - - - it - - . ':' i - T' - .. .i.i n - . ; .a V:Z our xw w v. Jelr.u w n " " ' " XXI mil ill' i& i 'if - 7 V y ' - 36 m : ;! " Hi. . Mr. Full - Length View of Sunita, Accenting th Chaste Splendor at Her Figure. ! now. you pay tnofeIuler ijr or I r 2:0 1 H.Wver. Jeweler. 17 year, at kou,u aVenue. - Advertl8ment "Checks will t9 winners today. of

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