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Studies for the 'Mirror of Venus': 2003.4

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Studies for the 'Mirror of Venus'
Study for the reflection of the central kneeling girl, with detail of a hand
Details of arms of the right hand kneeling figure


Burne-Jones, Edward (Draughtsman)


History note: Christie's Sale, 5th June 1919 (part of lot 37?), bt. Ricketts and Shannon

Measurements and weight

Height: 224 mm
Width: 174 mm

Relative size of this object

17.4 m22.4 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937-03) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


Production date: circa AD/CE 1873 : These studies are contemporary with 2005(1-5) which are dated 1873, the year in which Burne-Jones started work on his large oil version of the subject.

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Components of the work

Support: composed of cartridge paper

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in artist's hand

  • Text: knee not so low as in the drawing
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2003.4
Primary reference Number: 26251
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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