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Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890) was the son and pupil of the medalist and engraver Joseph Daniel Boehm of Hungarian origin. He studied in Vienna, Italy and Paris and established himself in England in 1862, where he became the Court Sculptor and for many years the keystone of the Establishment in British sculpture.

He was immensely popular with Queen Victoria and he designed her Jubilee portrait between 1887- 1893 . The result was a prolific series of works, technically perfect - very much in tune with the taste of the late Nineteenth Century.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1862 till 1891, and was created a baronet in 1889. Many of Boehm s works in plaster and marble were subsequently published as bronze reductions. His best known works include the group of St. George and the Dragon, a popular subject as an ornamental bronze, and the figures of soldiers decorating the Wellington memorial at Hyde Park Corner, London (1883). Among Boehm s monumental pieces were the colossal equestrian statues of the Prince of Wales and Lord Napier, for Bombay and Calcutta respectively; and these works show his skill in the depiction of horses, a subject to which he returned in the form of small bronzes, such as 'The End of the Day', a study of a tired hunter. Boehm also sculpted cattle and domestic animals.

Makers Bibliography:

Stocker, Mark, Royalist and Realist: The Life and Work of Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, Garland Publishing, 1988.

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