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Study of hair for the 'Mirror of Venus': 2001b

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Study of hair for the 'Mirror of Venus'
Six studies of heads for 'Mirror of Venus' with recto, a study for the right hand girl


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward




History note: Christie's Sale, 5th June, (?258), bt. Ricketts and Shannon

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 177 mm
Width: 227 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


In the finished picture, now in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, none of the girls have such long hair as in these studies. There is, however, another untraced version of the subject, in watercolour, which was begun in 1868, some five years before the large oil at Lisbon. The latter was completed in 1877, so that studies for the two pictures span a possible nine years. These studies (see also 2001a and c), and also 2016, are stylistically characteristic of the very early 1870s and so could be related to either of the 'Mirror of Venus' pictures.

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of cartridge paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Graphite on white cartridge paper

Identification numbers

Accession number: 2001b
Primary reference Number: 26197
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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