Laus Veneris by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

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).


Oil on canvas
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.

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Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE1 8AG 0191 232 7734

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