1888 - 1889. An original pen and ink drawing showing Sir Edgar Boehm's (1834 - 1890) statue 'Young Bull and Herdsman', on a large plinth at the foot of the grand staircase at the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition of 1888.
A stylishly-dressed Victorian crowd of exhibition viewers strolls about the great hall, with the statue on a large plinth highlighted with white accents. With the title penned below the image. Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834 - 1890) is recognized for his colossal statues, including one of Queen Victoria, executed in marble (1869) for Windsor Castle, the monument of the duke of Kent in St. George's Chapel, the statue of Carlyle on the Thames embankment at Chelsea, and the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington at Hyde Park Corner. Boehm is also listed as a British exhibitor in the Reports of the United States Commissioners to the Centennial International Exhibition at Melbourne, 1888 (p111).
The Young Bull and Herdsman was acquired by the Melbourne Art Gallery and Museum and was then gifted to the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, where it is today outside the RASV offices in the show grounds.
Unsigned, with a small circular mark roughly at center of drawing, and a closed tear through the caption, but not affecting the drawing; mounted on an album page. 9 3/4 x 8 1/2" Very good condition. Item #20660