Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham)
Metallic paint over graphite
Sheet: 9 15/16 × 6 11/16 in. (25.2 × 17 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
Burne-Jones made a painting of "The Bath of Venus" between 1873 and 1878 (Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon), and here seems to have returned to the subject at a later date. The artist experimented with metallic pigments on colored papers in his last decade, and this example appeared in the posthumous sale of his studio in 1898, and was acquired by the Museum in 1908.
Inscription: Inscribed at lower right, in silver ink(?): "EBJ"
Sir Edward Burne-Jones's estate sale, Christie's, London, July 15, 1898, lot 5, sold for £50; Vendor: Through Roger Eliot Fry (British, Highgate, Middlesex 1866–1934 London)
Christie's, London Estate Sale of Sir Edward Burne-Jones. [Sale catalogue]. July 16, 1898, cat. no. 5, p. 13.
Roger Eliot Fry [as "R.E.F."] "Recent Acquisitions of Drawings (Continued)." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 4, no. 2, February 1909, p. 25.
Anne Carlisle English Drawings: XIX Century. Hyperion Press, New York, , p. 98, ill.