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Hand - Right hand of Lord Ashburton, possibly Willaim Bingham Baring, 2nd Baron Ashburton
  • Right hand of Lord Ashburton, possibly Willaim Bingham Baring, 2nd Baron Ashburton
    Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890
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Right hand of Lord Ashburton, possibly Willaim Bingham Baring, 2nd Baron Ashburton

  • Object:

    Hand

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1862-4 (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:

    REPRO.1892-90

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaster cast model made by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm represents the right hand od Lord Ashburton, possibly Lord Bingham Baring, 2nd Baron Ashburton. A marble bust of Louisa, Lady Ashburton was exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1880.

The purpose of the present model is unknown.

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

Hand, plaster, scratched into the base on the bottom: ASHBURTON.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1862-4 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Marks and inscriptions

'ASHBURTON'
scratched into the base of the bottom

Dimensions

Length: 21 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Model, plaster cast, of right hand of Lord Ashburton, possibly William Bingham, 2nd Baron Ashburton, Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, ca. 1862 - ca. 1864

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, p. 13.
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 218, cat.no. 330

Materials

Plaster

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Hand

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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