The Passing of Venus, study for a tapestry

Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )

Brush, gouache and metallic paint on cardboard
16-1/16 x 38-11/16 in. (40.8 x 98.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Stamped on verso: Charles Roberson and Co. / Artists Colourmen / Manufacturers of / Water and oil colours / Materials for / Drawing and Painting / 99 Long Acre, London; Sticker on wooden backing of drawing: Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones Bart. / Coloured design / for the "Passing of Venus" / C. Roberson and Co. / 99 Long Acre

  • Provenance

    Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham); Charles Roberson & Co. (London), 1907 or earlier; Grégoire Tarnopol (New York), purchased in Paris; Vendor: James Coats

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 28, 1994–February 5, 1995.

  • References

    Douglas E. Schoenherr "Transcript: Burne-Jone's Account Books with Morris & Company, vol. 1 (1861-1882) and vol. 2 (1883-1900)." The Journal of Stained Glass: Burne-Jones Special Issue. vol. 35, 2011, p. 123 (related work, "Triumph of Love," 1861, a design for a panel of tiles).

    Linda Parry William Morris Textiles. V&A Publishing, 2013, p. 151.

    Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society Catalogue of the Sixth Exhibition. The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street. 1899, cat. no. 197, p. 77 ("Picture: The Passing of Venus" sketch for tapestry by the late Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bart.).

    Douglas E. Schoenherr "Annotated Checklist of Edward Burne-Jones's designs for Morris & Company in order of entry in his Account Books." The Journal of Stained Glass: Burne-Jones Special Issue. vol. 35, 2011, cat. no. 8, p. 185 (related work: "Triumph of Love," cartoon for panel of 15 five inch tiles (3 x 5)).

    Christie's, London Important British Art. Auction catalogue, November 24. 2004, lot 10, pp. 48-53 (related work, oil on panel, 1875), pp. 48-53.

    Alan P. Darr, Tracey Albainy, Melanie Holcomb Woven Splendor: five centuries of European tapestry in the Detroit Institute of Arts Ex. cat. Detroit Institute of Arts, July 14 - September 29. 1996, fig. no. 15, p. 71.

    Linda Parry "The Revival of the Merton Abbey Tapestry Works." Journal of the William Morris Society. vol. 5.3, Summer 1983, pp. 18-21 (related tapestry woven by Morris & Company).

    Sir Philip Burne-Jones "Notes on Some Unfinished Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Bt." The Magazine of Art. vol. 24, 1900, pp. 162-4.

    "The Craft Section at the New Gallery." The International Studio. vol. 35, pt. 3, July-October, 1908, pp. 56-7.

    A.C.W. "The Passing of Venus." Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts. vol. 8, no. 7, April 1927, pp. 78-80.

    Stephen Wildman, John Christian Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1998, cat. no. 100, pp. 234-6, ill.

    Aymer Vallance "Some Examples of Tapestries Designed by Sir E. Burne-Jones and Mr. J. H. Dearle." The International Studio. vol. 36, November 1908, cat. no. 141, pp. 5, 16-17.

    Georgiana Burne-Jones Memorials of Sir Edward Burne-Jones. 2 vols., 1904, vol. II, p. 331.

    Henry Currie Marillier History of the Merton Abbey Tapestry Works, Founded by William Morris. Constable & Co., Ltd., London, 1927, pp. 21, 35.

    Aymer Vallance "The Decorative Art of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Baronet." The Art Journal. Extra number, Easter Art Annual, 1900, pp. 8, 30, ill.

    Martin Harrison, Bill Waters Burne-Jones. New York, 1973, pp. 52, 138.

    Rowland Elzea, Betty Elzea, Delaware Art Museum The Pre-Raphaelite Era 1848-1914 Ex. cat., April 12-June 6. Wilmington, Delaware, 1976, cat. no. 4-61, p. 94 (related tapestry, cat. no. 4-63, p. 96).

    Oliver Fairclough, Emmeline Leary Textiles by William Morris and Morris & Co., 1861-1940. London: Thames and Hudson, 1981, cat. no. T23, p. 111 (MMA drawing discussed in connection to the related tapestry at the Detroit Institute of Arts, woven by Percy Sheldrick, 1922-26).

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