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Bust - Garnet Joseph, General the Rt. Hon. Viscount Wolseley
  • Garnet Joseph, General the Rt. Hon. Viscount Wolseley
    Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890
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Garnet Joseph, General the Rt. Hon. Viscount Wolseley

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1883-1884 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bust was made by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm in ca. 1883-4. This is a model for a bust of Garnet Joseph, 1st Viscount Wolseley, depicted in full military attire. A closely related, smaller version of this bust was also acquired at the same time. Viscount Wolseley was a British army officer with a reputation for efficiency who served in Burma, the Crimea, India, China and Canada.

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

Sitter is depcited in military attire. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1883-1884 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

on the front of the integral socle


Height: 72.5 cm, Width: 54 cm, Depth: 31 cm, Weight: 16.5 kg

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Bust, plaster, of Garnet Joseph, General the Rt. Hon. Viscount Wolseley, K.P., G.C.B., by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, England, 1883-4

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. 222
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, p. 210, cat. no. 306
Stocker. M. Royalist and Realist. The Life and Work of Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm. New York and London, 1988, p. 415. no. 257




Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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