Sir James Bacon (1798-1895) judge

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand

    Cast from a terracotta original.

  • About the artist
    Joseph Edgar Boehm was born in Vienna; the son of a medallist, engraver and director of the imperial mint. He attended Leigh’s Art Academy, London (1848-51), before returning to Vienna to study medal design and modelling. From 1859 he lived in Paris. In 1862 he moved to London, eventually settling at The Avenue, Fulham Road, where studio assistants included Gilbert and Drury. His works are mostly marble busts, but he also produced church monuments and equestrian statuettes. He received over 40 royal commissions, taught Princess Louise, was the Queen’s Sculptor-in-Ordinary from 1880 and was made a baronet in 1889. He became a Royal Academician in 1881. Boehm died aged 56. Princess Louise’s presence at his death provoked considerable gossip.
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  • Details
    Title
    Sir James Bacon (1798-1895) judge
    Date
    Medium
    Plaster sculpture
    Dimensions
    height: 93.00 cm, width: 31.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Presented by Miss Jane Norton and family, 1956
    Provenance
    Collection of the Norton family, great-grandchildren of the sitter; presented by their mother, Laura Francis (née Lawrence; whose mother, Laura, was Sir James's only daughter) to the Royal Courts of Justice in 1956
    GAC number
    RCJ15413