This is a study for the unfinished bodycolour painting in the Tate Collection. It shows one of the young girls who offer their hearts up to Venus as she passes in a chariot. The composition began as a tile design in 1861, and in 1898 as a design for a tapestry, later woven by Morris & Co. in 1922-26, now in the Detriot Institute of Arts.

  • Presented by the Right Hon. William Kenrick, 1911.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
The Passing of Venus / EBJ / 1877
Title bottom right Handwritten 1877 Pencil. in the artist's own hand
EBJ/ 1877
Signature and date bottom left Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Some Pre-Raphaelite Paintings and Drawings
16 National Library, Aberystwyth 1955-07 - 1955
16 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea 1955 - 1955-10


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 99
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Elisa Korb, Tessa Sidey 2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 77

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Name Type
William Morris Associated with

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