Thursday 25 May 2017

Statuettes of Rubens and van Dyck by Michael Rysbrack with Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm c 1882

The Statuettes of Rubens and van Dyck 
by Michael Rysbrack redux.

A Pair of Statuettes of Rubens and van Dyck
in the studio of Joseph Edgar Boehm
sculptor in ordinary to Queen Victoria.

For an in depth study of this pair of statuettes see this post and the series of posts after

Sometime serendipity means that further information sometimes appears after I thought that I that had completed my researches and I then have to update. 

I am posting this photograph of the sculptor Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834 - 90) in his studio showing his bust of Ruskin and also displaying a pair of plaster statuettes of Rubens and van Dyck from the originals by Michael Rysbrack on top of a cupboard. I discovered this photograph whilst searching for the identity of the sitter and sculptor of a very good plaster bust of a bearded man wrapped in a cape currently in a private collection.

Below are a few photographs and some notes regarding Boehm.

Photograph of Boehm in his studio with the bust of Ruskin.

Also on the cupboard is the bust of Boehm by his assistant Robert Glassbey who worked as his studio assistant from 1870 until 1890. At the Avenue 76 Fulham Road, West London

for Glasbey see -

The Glassby bust of Boehm.

Royal Collection.


On the right is Boehms Bust of B. Bertrand, plaster , ca. 1882, described in the Royal Academy catalogue of 1882, no. 1618, as "Monsieur B. Bertrand, fencing-master of the late Prince Imperial Louis Napoleon; terra-cotta."  Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1882.

A copy of this cast appears on a pedestal set against the back wall in the photograph above of Boehm's studio, beside the standing plaster statue of Sir Francis Drake, a "model for statues for Tavistock and Plymouth Hoe, etc." (Royal Academy 1883, no. 1545).

Information from -

Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir (1834–1890), “Bust of B. Bertrand,” 

Photograph from Victorian Artists at Home, accessed May 25, 2017,

To the right on top of the medieval French coffer is a cast of the foot of Michael Angelo along with a cast of Lord Leighton's sculpture of an Athlete wrestling with a snake.


Portrait of Boehm by Spy with the bust of Gladstone.


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Boehm with his "Pupil" Princess Louise.

According to Lindsay Duguid, Boehm, who enjoyed a good deal of royal patronage, Boehm was the lover of "Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's artistic daughter," and their "affair . . . ended with his dying of a burst blood vessel, alone with her in the studio she had built for him in the grounds of Kensington palace."

For an interesting account of the relationship of Boehm and Princess Louise see The Mystery of Princess Louise Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter by Lucinda Hawksley pub. 2013

For a brief biography and list of Boehm's works see -

Plaster bust of Ruskin 
National Portrait Gallery.



John Ruskin

Marble bust of Ruskin
Unidentified location.

Picture from the Royal Collection
Photograph by Joseph Parkin Mayall (1829 - 1906)

Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

NB. The Terracotta bust of Lucius Verrus on the pedestal behind.

see below.

Overlifesize Bust of Lucius Verrus.

Inscribed Beohm.

(private collection)

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