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Pencil Drawing - The Feast of Peleus - Slight composition Sketch, humourous Sketches and Self-Portrait Caricature

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P474
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1872 - 1875

Maker Information

Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones


This is one of four sheets of sketches for 'The Feast of Peleus' which originally appeared as the central predella in the 'Troy Triptych', and then later as an independent oil painting (1872-81) now in Birmingham's Collection.

Preliminary design for the 'Story of Troy', originally intended as a linear triptych: left panel depicts the Judgment of Paris, middle shows the Feast of Peleus, and the right panel shows Eris, goddess of discord plucking a golden apple from the Tree of the Hesperides, with Ladon, the tree's dragon-guardian asleep at its base.

There are some humourous sketches beneath the triptych layout, including Burne-Jones's fat woman and the artist himself in a top hat standing in a ringed cage.

On the reverse is a study of a medieval castle interior, with a kneeling figure making a presentation of some kind before the king and queen. This may be Paris revealing his true identity before his parents, Queen Hecuba and King Priam of Troy.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Caricature Humour
Medium:Pencil on cream-toned paper.

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Height:179 mm
Width:257 mm