Joseph Bouvier

(c.1827-after 1910)

Not to be confused with:Laurent Joseph Daniel Bouvier (1841-1901)

Joseph Bouvier was one of six artistic children to the painter Jules Bouvier. He exhibited at the Society of British Artists, at the British Institution and the Royal Academy between 1839-53. He painted with a quintessentially Victorian attention to detail, reminiscent of the work of Charles Baxter and Myles Birket Foster.


Joseph Bouvier: British painter, he exhibited from 1839 to 1888, a large number of works at the Royal Academy and British Institution in London. His work is typical of the Victorian era with a strong taste for the genre. First work: "The Lacemaker" from table Gaspar Netscher (1639-1684) National Gallery in London. Inscription bottom left "after g.netscher. Signed and dated lower right "j.bouvier 1896"; Second work, "A Lady Feeding a parrot" from the table by Frans van Mieris (1635-1681), National Gallery London

Joseph Bouvier painted a series of fairy paintings during 1853, including "A Sylph and her Fairy Attendants Besprinkling the Early Morning Dew". This painting depicts a Sylph, Rosicrucian spirit of the air for the Ros Crux (the Dew Cross) with her attendants, sprinkling the early morning pearls of dew on the lily and the rose. Dew was believed to be the purest form of water and was essential in the science of Alchemy.


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The Bouvier Family

Augustus Bouvier (ca. 1825-1827 - 1881), was the son of Paris-born artist Jules Bouvier (1800-1867), who moved to London with his family. A portrait, figure and genre painter in oil and watercolor, Augustus Bouvier specialized in elegantly attired women as subjects. They were primarily English aristocracy, but included portraits and figure groups from the Middle East and Italy. Augustus Bouvier was also a book illustrator whose work included The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith. -- As Mr. Augustus Bouvier has recently died, the following particulars of this family of artists may be worth preserving:

-- Augustus Bouvier -- Royal Academy, 1859-1870 (9 works);
British Institution, 1845-1859 (7 works);
Suffolk Street, 1845-1858 (6 works).
Royal Academy 1875 (1 work).

-- G. A. Bouvier -- Royal Academy, 1869-1879 (11 works).

-- Joseph Bouvier -- Royal Academy, 1839-1873 (25 works);
British Institution, 1845-1867 (17 works);
Suffolk Street, 1841-1874 (61 works).

-- Jules Bouvier -- British Instution, 1845 (1 work);
Suffolk Street, 1845-1865 (53 works).

-- U. Bouvier -- Royal Academy, 1854-1856 (4 works);
British Institution, 1855-1856 (3 works);
Suffolk Street, 1854-1856 (8 works).

-- Miss Bouvier -- Royal Academy, 1871-1874 (3 works).

Oxford University Press, 1881, Notes and Queries, 6th S. III. Feb. 19, '81., Algernon Graves.

Joseph Bouvier Works:
"Gloires de l'Opera. No. 11. Carlotta Grisi & Perrot Dansant la Polka." Lithographed (after a print by Joseph Bouvier) by Haguental & Fagonde, Paris.

Queen Victoria on horseback, (28 September 1837) in the Royal Park at Windsor, after Joseph Bouvier, hand-coloured lithograph, probably published 1837.

Queen Victoria (22 October 1837), printed by Leon Henri Lefèvre, published by William Spooner, after Joseph Bouvier hand-coloured lithograph, (22 October 1837).

Count D'Orsay's portrait of Queen Victoria. The portrait, inspired by Joseph Bouvier's Queen Victoria on horseback, in the Royal Park Windsor (published as a lithograph in c.1837), was exhibited at Mr Griffith's Gallery in Pall Mall in the early summer of 1847.

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt, 1830s-1840s, printed by Lefevre & Kohler, published by William Spooner, after Joseph Bouvier [lithograph].

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, by François Simonau, for Joseph Bouvier, published by Adam Friedel, lithograph, published February 1825.


A Dictionary of Artists Who Have Exhibited Works In The Principal London Exhibitions Of Oil Paintings From 1760 To 1880, Compiled by Algernon Graves, Author of A Catalogue Of The Works Of Sir Edwin Lanseer, R.A.

S.A. Society of Artists
F.S. Free Society of Artists
R.A. Royal Academy
B.I. British Institute
S.S. Suffolk Street Exhibitions
The letters F.A.A. after the name signify (before 1800) Fellow of the Society of Artists; § denotes a Member of the Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street; an * in any of the exhibition columns, that, owing to some oversight, the name appears in the index, but not in the body of the catalogue of that year.