'The Hill of Venus' is the story of man named Walter, "who by strange adventure fell into the power of Venus, and who, repenting of his life with her, was fain to return to the world and amend all, but might not; for his repentance was rejected of men, by whomsoever it was accepted". This study is one of thirteen preliminary tracing states for woodblock engravings. Walter stands in the foreground on the right, near the entrance to a cavern, and gazes towards numerous figures engaged in making love, in the middle distance, with trees in the background. This design, along with an identical image (1927P636) probably illustrate the lines:"Softly they flowed across his glimmering way,Young men and girls thin-clad and garlanded."

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


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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. 88
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 73

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