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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.453
People
Edward Burne-Jones, British (Birmingham, England 1833 - 1898 London, England)
Frame by Agnew
Title
Venus Epithalamia
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1871
Culture
British
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/298025
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor and gouache, metallic gold paint, and varnish on linen prepared with Chinese white
Dimensions
37.5 x 26.9 cm (14 3/4 x 10 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: E.B.J. MDCCCLXXI (on pedestal)
  • inscription: lr on cartouche: VENUS EPITHALAMIA
  • inscription: on back of wooden panel, graphite: This to be covered / with cloth prepared with / Chinese white for / Water Colour
Provenance
Commissioned from the artist by Euphrosyne Cassavetti as a wedding gift for Marie Spartali (Stillman), 1871; Marie Spartali Stillman, until 1905; Thomas Agnew and Sons, London, 1905; purchased from them by Baron de Turckheim; his sale, Christie's, London, June 9, 1911, no. 87 (£304 10s.); purchased at that sale by Charles Fairfax Murray; acquired from him by Grenville L. Winthrop, July 29, 1912 (£500); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.453
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Malcolm Bell, Sir Edward Burne-Jones: A Record and Review, Bell (London and New York, 1894), pp. 42, 102

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 18

John Christian, "Burne-Jones Studies", The Burlington Magazine (February 1973), vol. 115, p. 106

Martin Harrison and Bill Waters, Burne-Jones, G. P. Putnam's Sons (New York, NY, 1973), pg. 97

A.M. Hammacher, Phantoms of the Imagination: Fantasy in Art and Literature from Blake to Dali, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1981), p. 161 and repr. fig. 143

Christopher Wood, Olympian Dreamers: Victorian Classical Painters 1860-1914, Constable (London, England, 1983), fig. 5 (p. 180), p. 181

Judith A. Neiswander, "Imaginative Beauty and Decorative Delight: Two American Collections of the Pre-Raphaelites", Apollo (March 1984), vol. CXIX, no. 265, p. 203

Eileen Cassavetti, "The Fatal Meeting and the Fruitful Passion", Antique Collector (March 1989), 60, no. 3, pp. 42, 44

Christopher Wood, Burne-Jones: The Life and Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England, 1998), repr. p. 50

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, 2002), cat. no. 60, repr. (color)

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 157, repr. (color)

Exhibition History

Winter Exhibition of the Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, New Gallery, London

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/1946 - 06/01/1946

Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 09/14/2002 - 12/08/2002

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

32Q: 2130 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/07/2015 - 11/10/2015

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