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Hand - Left hand of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll and Marchioness of Lorne (1848-1939)
  • Left hand of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll and Marchioness of Lorne (1848-1939)
    Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890
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Left hand of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll and Marchioness of Lorne (1848-1939)

  • Object:

    Hand

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    after 1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the executors of the artist

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1892-92

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Princess Louise was Queen Victoria's sixth child. She married the Marquis of Lorne, heir to the 8th Duke of Argyll, in 1871 and became the Duchess of Argyll and Marchioness of Lorne. The purpose of this model is unknown. It was given to the Museum in 1892 by the executors of the late Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm's estate, as one in a collection of casts of hands. Princess Louise was a sculptor in her own right, completing part of her training in Boehm's studio. A plaster model of Queen Victoria by Princess Louise for London's Kensington Gardens' statue of the monarch is also in the V&A (inv.no. A.30-1935).

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

Left hand, plaster with two rings on the third finger.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

after 1862 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Length: 19.2 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Model, plaster cast, left hand of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll and Marchioness of Lorne, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, after 1862

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

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. <u>British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum</u>. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 216, cat.no. 324
List of Reproductions in Electrotype and Plaster acquired by the South Kensington Museum in the Year 1892, London, 1893, p. 13

Materials

Plaster

Techniques

Electrotyping

Subjects depicted

Hand

Categories

Sculpture; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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