Birmingham's collection has six of these proofs printed in black ink, four in brown ink, the original printing plate, and a study of the subject. This version is an original 1865 proof.The quality of line in these engravings demonstrates Burne-Jones's inexperience with the medium. Although it is lively and graceful in parts (for example, in the group of attendants), his general unfamiliarity with the graver reveals itself in the hard lines of the statue of Venus and of the girl in the centre, decking the wall.

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Edward Burne-Jones
- Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1971 - 1971
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones
270 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
270 Southampton City Art Gallery 1976-01-24 - 1976-02-22
270 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976-03-10 - 1976-04-11
Burne-Jones: dal Preraffaelismo e Simbolismo
135 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 1986-10-07 - 1986-11-3


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. 90
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 78

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