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Study for the head of a girl in 'The Passing of Venus': 2017

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Study for the head of a girl in 'The Passing of Venus'


Draughtsman: Burne-Jones, Edward




History note: Christie's Sale, 5th June 1919 (?part of lot 129), bt. Ricketts and Shannon

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 210 mm
Width: 174 mm

Acquisition and important dates

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


A highly finished drawing of the head of a girl in 'The Passing of Venus'. Burne-Jones made several version of this subject; there is an oil version of about 1876/7 at Exeter College, Oxford and another, later oil (unfinished) in the Tate. The design features in the background of 'Laus Veneris' (1875) and was made into a tapestry by Morris and Co. in 1898.

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Materials used in production

White bodycolour

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Graphite with highlights in white bodycolour on green paper

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: 2017
Primary reference Number: 26392
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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