This picture, commissioned by William Graham, was based on a lost watercolour dated 1861 and there are possible connections between Burne-Jones's subject, Wagner's opera Tannhaiiser (which was produced in Paris in 1860), and Swinburne's poem, Laus Veneris (begun in 1862).
Laus Veneris by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 18731875
© Laing Art Gallery
- Oil on canvas Dimensions: 122 x 183 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £4,000 ( Total: £47,000)
- Acquired in:
Henry James was among those who praised the picture when it was first exhibited.
Commissioned by William Graham; Christie's, 1886; Sir William Agnew; Philip Agnew, then by descent; Sotheby's, 1957; Agnew; Huntington Hartford Museum; Sotheby's; Agnew's.