This is a study for the unfinished bodycolour painting in the Tate Collection. The subject shows Venus riding a chariot drawn by doves, watched by young maidens in the foreground (of which this study is one), who open up their heart to her as she passes them. Conceived as a design for a tile panel in 1861, the scene became a fan design and a tapestry woven by Morris & Co in 1898, and again in 1922-26.

  • 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 left 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
15 National Library, Aberystwyth 1955-07 - 1955
15 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
Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer
John Christian, Stephen Wildman 1998 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York pp. 234-236
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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