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Study for the 'Mirror of Venus': 2005.2

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Study for the 'Mirror of Venus'
Study of the third figure from the right in the 'Mirror of Venus'
Study of an arm


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward




History note: Sir Philip Burne-Jones; Executor's sale, Christie's, 5th June 1919 (?37), bt. Ricketts and Shannon

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 252 mm
Width: 177 mm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Burne-Jones painted two versions of the 'Mirror of Venus', a watercolour begun in 1868 and a larger oil (now in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon), begun in 1873, and finished in 1877. These six sheets (see nos. 2005.1, and 3-6) of studies are for the later picture, and are stylistically sufficiently distinct from the head studies 2001 a) and b) (also for the Mirror of Venus) to suggest that the latter are for the early watercolour version.

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Support composed of cartridge paper

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

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Accession number: 2005.2
Primary reference Number: 26286
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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