Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Just smile when they misspell your Name



Just smile when they misspell your name, 2012
Four books displayed on a desk

Ellen Janson is referred to as “Ellen Jansen” in the official historiography of modern sculpture. In 1925, Janson married the British bohemian actor and director of the Little Theatre in Chicago, Maurice Browne. When Browne left California for his native England, Janson visited him in 1928 and commissioned the sculptor Jacob Epstein to make her portrait. Since then, her name has been misspelled as “Ellen Jansen (Smiling Head)” in all of Epstein's catalogues that mention the sculpture.