This initial study is compositionally identical to the watercolour and oil versions (in the Art Institute of Chicago and the Victoria & Albert Museum, respectively). While this subject is an integral part of 'The Passing of Venus', it should be noted that it is as such in only the painted fan (private collection), Design for Tapestry (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Tapestry (Detroit Institute of Arts), and Bodycolour (Tate Gallery). It should be stressed that it is not a part of 'The Passing of Venus' begun in 1875 (oil on panel) now in a private collection (or, as stated in Harrison & Waters' 1973 momgraph on Burne-Jones, [fig. 26], Junior Common Room, Exeter College, Oxford).

  • Presented by Mrs Angela Thirkell, 1952.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Cupid - in /Cupid's Hunting Ground
- bottom right Written - Pencil. written by artist


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer
John Christian, Stephen Wildman 1998 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York p. 256
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 79

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