Viennese by birth, he studied in Vienna, Paris and London, where he settled
in 1862, becoming a naturalized Briton in 1866.
A favourite of Queen Victoria, she commissioned him to execute bronze statuettes of
her family and statues of herself and her father, the Duke of Kent, for
Windsor Castle, and appointed him Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in 1881.
His public monuments include the statues of John
Bunyon, Bedford (1874); Thomas Carlyle, Chelsea (1882); the Wellington
Monument; Hyde Park Corner (1889) and Sir Francis Drake, Plymouth Hoe
He was also responsible for the statue of John Elder in Elder Park, Govan, his only public work in Glasgow,
which stands on a granite pedestal carved by the Aberdeen based sculptors Alexander MacDonald & Co., in 1887-8.
Mrs Isabella Elder, the subject's wife and the statue's donor, was particularly fond of Boehm's work and appointed
him as its sculptor without hesitation, or recourse to the more usual procedure of holding an open or limited competition.
Boehm was also a sculptor of medals and medallions
, and modelled the head of
Queen Victoria for the 1887 Jubilee coinage.
He exhibited at the RA
from 1882, and was elected RA
Boehm died shortly after being created a Baronet in 1889, his lifeless body being found in his studio by Princess Louise,
who was reputedly his lover as well as his pupil.
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