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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Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
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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