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Correspondence, 1861-1891,

Author: Joseph Edgar BoehmLawrence Alma-TademaEdward Coley Burne-Jones, SirWilliam Powell FrithJames Anthony FroudeAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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More than half the collection is composed of miscellaneous letters received by Boehm between ca. 1871-1891 from leading artists of the period, including Edward Burne-Jones, William P. Frith, Alfred Gilbert, John Everett Millais, Auguste Rodin, and George F. Watts. A number of these letters refer to the work of Boehm or the correspondent, or joint projects and commissions. A second extensive series consists of
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Named Person: John Surtees; Thomas Woolner; Thomas Woolner
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Edgar Boehm; Lawrence Alma-Tadema; Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Sir; William Powell Frith; James Anthony Froude; Alfred Gilbert; Hubert von Herkomer, Sir; William Edward Hartpole Lecky; Frederic Leighton Leighton of Stretton, Baron; John Everett Millais; John Pettie; Edward John Poynter; Val C Prinsep; Auguste Rodin; William Hamo Thornycroft, Sir; George Frederick Watts
OCLC Number: 83264663
Notes: Mss.
Description: 156 items

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More than half the collection is composed of miscellaneous letters received by Boehm between ca. 1871-1891 from leading artists of the period, including Edward Burne-Jones, William P. Frith, Alfred Gilbert, John Everett Millais, Auguste Rodin, and George F. Watts. A number of these letters refer to the work of Boehm or the correspondent, or joint projects and commissions. A second extensive series consists of letters Boehm received from Frederic, Lord Leighton, between ca. 1881-1890. Much of it relates to joint projects or discussions of the two men's work and the affairs of the Royal Academy. Included is a short series of letters sent by Boehm between 1875-1887. These letters discuss both his own work and that of others, including Rodin.

Series I. Miscellaneous letters received, (1861) 1871-1891 and n.d., 77 items. Letters by the artists Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edward Burne-Jones, W.P. Frith, Alfred Gilbert, Hubert von Herkomer, J.E. Millais, John Pettie, Edward Poynter, Val Prinsep, Auguste Rodin, Hamo Thornycroft, and George F. Watts, many undated. Many are courtesy notes, but a number, notably of Burne-Jones, Frith, Gilbert and Watts, refer to joint projects and commissions (including work for George Howard, Earl of Carlisle, a Miss Levy, and the Russell family). Other letters refer to the business of the Royal Academy and the Royal Academy Schools and to the exhibition and reception of Boehm's work and that of the writers. Notable among the latter are letters of Millais on the critical reception of his work in Paris (1878) and on Boehm's Wellington Monument at Hyde Park Corner. Also included are letters from the historians J.A. Froude and W.H. Lecky relating to Boehm's portrait sculptures of Carlyle and Cromwell. Arranged alphabetically.

Series II. Letters of Frederic, Lord Leighton, 1881-1890 and n.d., 70 items. Letters mostly undated but appearing to date between 1881 and 1890. The correspondence is often private and includes sections of a personal nature in German. Much of it relates to joint projects or discussions of their work, and the affairs of the Royal Academy. References or comments appear on John Surtees, Thomas Woolner, Boehm's Carlyle portraits, Leighton's work in fresco and his use of Byzantine models, and on the design and manufacture of Boehm's ornamental work. Occasional sketches appear. Arranged chronologically.

Series III. Letters, 1875-1887, 9 items. Letters sent by Boehm to various individuals discussing his own work and that of other artists. One letter, dated 1876, fixes the price of a terra cotta statuette of Thomas Carlyle. Others mention a statue of the Prince Imperial, work to be performed for Queen Victoria, sketches for the Lord Lawrence statue, and a model of the General DeSalis monument that would be erected later in Harlington Church. An 1884 letter praises the recent work of Rodin.

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