Joseph Daniel Böhm moved to Vienna in 1813, where he studied until 1819 at the Akademie der bildenden Künste. He began his collecting activities during this time and continued to do so throughout his life, sometimes with the advice of Viennese art dealer Wawra. He traveled extensively it Italy, between 1821-22, 1825-29 and in 1844. After his death his collection was sold at auction by his heirs. The sales catalogue, one of the first illustrated catalogues in Vienna, numbered at least 1800 objects, some 150 of which were paintings.
Frimmel, Theodor von. Lexicon der Wiener Gemaeldesammlungen. 2 vols. Munich, 1913-1914:I:189-197