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Hand - Folded hands of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Folded hands of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury
    Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890
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Folded hands of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    about 1882 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the executors of Sir J.E. Boehm

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

According to the catalogue entry made when this object was acquired the cast was 'moulded from nature after death'. Boehm was commissioned to produce a monument to Archbishop Tait for Canterbury Cathedral, which he executed between 1883-5.

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

Plaster, folded hands.

Place of Origin

England (made)


about 1882 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast


Length: 28.5 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Model, plaster cast, folded hands of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury, by Joseph Edgar Boehm, ca. 1882

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

List of Reproductions in Electrotype and Plaster acquired by the South Kensington Museum in the Year 1892, London, 1892, p. 13
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. 220, cat. no. 336





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