Lot 5
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SIR EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES, BT., A.R.A., R.W.S. | Venus Rising from the Sea

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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  • Sir Edward Burne-Jones A.R.A., and assistants
  • Venus Rising from the Sea
  • oil on canvas
  • 41 by 24cm., 28¼ by 10in.


Mrs Charles Bland Radcliffe, London;
Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 23 June 1971, lot 154;
Julian Hartnoll, London;
Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 18 April 1978, lot 51, where purchased by Seymour Stein


Sheffield City Art Gallery, Burne-Jones, 1971, no.192

Catalogue Note

The composition derives from one of Burne-Jones’ seventy illustrations for William Morris’ Earthly Paradise, narrating the story of Cupid and Psyche. The style of the picture suggests that it was painted in the late 1860s as Burne-Jones transitioned from the Medievalism of his earlier watercolours to the more Aesthetic style of his oils. It is an unusually classical and sculptural rendering of the mother of Cupid, newly-born on the shore in the pose of the Venus Anadyomone, loosening her long tresses of golden hair. For a romantic like Burne-Jones, the Goddess of Love was a figure who loomed large in his imagination and was the subject of one of his greatest works The Mirror of Venus of 1873-77 (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon). Venus Rising from the Sea belonged to Burne-Jones’ physician, friend and patron Charles Bland Radcliffe (1822-1889) who also owned The Mother of Healing of 1862 and The Annunciation – The Flower of God of 1869.