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Bust - Sir John Everett Millais
  • Sir John Everett Millais
    Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890
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Sir John Everett Millais

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (Made)

  • Date:

    1871 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890 (sculptors)

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This terracotta bust by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, made in 187, represents Sir John Everett Millais. Millais (1829-1896) was a painter and president of the Royal Academy in 1896. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1848.

Boehm (1834-1890) was an English sculptor and medallist born in Austrian, as the youngest son of Joseph Daniel Boehm (1794–1865), a court medallist and director of the Imperial Mint at Vienna. From 1848 to 1851 Joseph Edgar attended Leigh’s art academy (later Heatherley’s) in London and drew the Parthenon marbles in the British Museum. On his return to Vienna he enrolled at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste. Around 1858–9 he visited Italy, where he developed a lasting admiration for early Renaissance sculpture. From 1859 to 1862 he worked in Paris and was influenced by the work of Paul Gayrard (1807–1855). Boehm settled in London in 1862 where he befriended John Leech and John Everett Millais, both of whom he portrayed in statuettes in 1863. A statuette of William Makepeace Thackeray (1864) led to an edition of 70 plaster casts. Boehm frequently worked in terracotta, a material common in French sculpture but less familiar in English. Queen Victoria’s admiration of Boehm’s statuettes led to an association with the royal family that lasted from 1869 until his death. Most of Boehm’s works are portrait busts. Boehm was immensely prolific: some 360 different works are documented. He was a highly consistent sculptor, rarely deviating from his brand of realism. He was modest about his immense popularity and aware of his imaginative shortcomings (cit.: M. Stocker: 'Boehm, Joseph Edgar').

Physical description

Signed and dated on the left shoulder.

Place of Origin

England (Made)


1871 (Made)


Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890 (sculptors)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'I . E . BOEHM . fecit . MDCCCLXXI'


Height: 62 cm, Width: 47 cm, Depth: 30 cm, Weight: 29 kg

Object history note

Given by the Executors of the late Sir J.E. Boehm in 1892.

Descriptive line

Bust, terracotta, of Sir John Everett Millais, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, England, 1871

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1892. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1893. pp. 223
Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V& A Publications, 2002. pp. 200. cat. no. 283
Stocker. M. Royalist and Realist. The Life and Work of Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm. New York and London. 1988. pp. 403. no. 103
Wilson, David. 'The rediscovered Mr Gladstone goes home. A bust of the statesman by Joseph Edgar Boehm' in The British Art Journal. VII. no. 3, note 47. pp. 27




Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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