"The Queen's Sculptor"

[Joseph Edgar Boehm, ARA]


22 January 1881

Vanity Fair

"Men of the Day No. CCXXXVII" "No. 142" appears at lower left.

"MR. BOEHM is a Hungarian. He was born in Vienna six and forty years ago. His father was the Director of the Austrian Mint; but the son early contracted a love for art and became a sculptor. He soon achieved distinction; he came to England, and he found good friends and excellent patrons; and fifteen years ago he was naturalised a British subject. He has an English wife and four English children.

Mr. Boehm is a very able sculptor, and has done some great works. His monument to the Princess Alice is excellent; his figure of Mr. Carlyle is grand; his bust of Mr. Ruskin is masterly. He has produced a marvellous amount of work, and all of it is good ; for he knows what he means to express and how he means to express it. He has furnished many statues to India and the Colonies. He delights in quadrupeds, and especially in horses, many of which he has modelled, and one of which he rides every morning at daybreak. He is much admired by the Royal Family. His manners are excellent, and his companionship is altogether pleasant and profitable. He is a very good man of business. — JEHU JUNIOR.

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