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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt, circa 1887 -NPG 858 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Queen Victoria

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
circa 1887
34 in. x 29 1/8 in. (864 mm x 740 mm) overall
NPG 858

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This over life-size bust is related to the head of Queen Victoria's bronze statue in front of Windsor Castle; this shows her full-length, standing, and is reproduced R. R. Holmes, 'The Queen's Pictures', Jubilee Number of the Magazine of Art (1887), p 45. Queen Victoria herself gave permission for the bust to be placed in the collection (letter of 19 March 1891, from her secretary, Sir Henry Ponsonby, NPG archives).
A marble statue by Boehm of 1871, showing Queen Victoria seated with a dog, is also at Windsor Castle, reproduced The Portfolio (1885), facing p 234. There is a related statuette, showing some variations, of 1869 (examples in bronze, Royal Collection, and collection of Professor W. E. Fredeman); the type was exhibited in terra-cotta RA, 1870 (1125). A bust related to the 1871 statue is in the Royal Geographical Society, London, and another is at Waddesdon Manor. A version or model of one of the statues was exhibited VE, 1892 (1061), lent by the artist's executors. Boehm also executed a marble bust of Queen Victoria for her eldest daughter, Victoria, later Empress of Germany, the model for which was exhibited Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, 1884 (415). Another marble bust by Boehm was exhibited RA, 1874 (1534).

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The artist, purchased from his executors, 1891.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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