This painting was largely completed in 1873, but touched up when prepared for exhibition at the Grosvenor in the Summer Exhibition of 1881. It represents the marriage of the mortal Peleus to the sea-goddess Thetis, with all the Olympian gods in attendance. Eris, the Goddess of Discord, casts an apple onto the table marked 'for the fairest', an event which in turn, planted the seeds for the Trojan War.This design is the central panel of the predella of the 'Troy Tiptych', also in Birmingham's Collection. A larger unfinished version is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

  • Presented by Wilfred Byng Kenrick in memory of the Rt Hon. William Kenrick in fulfilment of an agreement with his brother, the late Gerald W. Kenrick, 1956.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Initials bottom right Signed - Paint


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Summer Exhibition
157 Grosvenor Gallery, London 1882 - 1882
Royal Jubilee Exhibition
- Manchester 1887 - 1887
Exhibition of the Works of Edward Burne-Jones
29 New Gallery, London 1892 - 1893
Exhibition of the Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart.
55 New Gallery, London 1898-07-16 - 1899
Centenary Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart. (1833-1898)
5 Tate Gallery, London 1933 - 1933
Victorian Painting
- University of Nottingham 1959 - 1959
Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones
120 Hayward Gallery, London 1975-11-05 - 1976-01-04
120 Southampton City Art Gallery 1976-01-24 - 1976-02-22
120 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1976-03-10 - 1976-04-11
Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer
51 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1998-06-04 - 1998-09-06
51 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1998-10-17 - 1999-01-17
51 Musée d'Orsay, Paris 1999-03-01 - 1999-06-06
Edward Burne-Jones: Pygmalion Series Centenary Exhibition
no cat. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 2004-10-02 - 2005-01-16


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Edward Burne-Jones: A Record and Review
Malcolm Bell 1892 George Bell & Sons, London pp. 48, 51-52, 60-61
Fortunee de Lisle 1904 Methuen, London pp. 124-125
Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones
Lady Georgiana Burne-Jones 1904 Macmillan, London Vol. II: p. 30
The Legend of Troy in Art and Literature
1963 New York and London p.9, pl.6
Visionary and dreamer
1967 Princeton pl.86
Bill Waters, Martin Harrison 1973 Barrie & Jenkins, London fig. 170


William Graham; his sale, Christie's, 8 April 1886, lot 160; William Kenrick; by descent until 1956 when presented to BMAG in his memory

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