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Pencil Drawing - The Feast of Peleus - Composition Sketch with list of associated Names

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P473
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.

A compositional study with the deities labelled. Both persons represented and composition are altered completely for the final painting and in the 'Troy Triptych'.

Burne-Jones includes the goddess Vesta and the god Neptune in this rough sketch (also included are: Juno, Minerva, Ceres, Diana, Venus, Mars, Mercurius [sic], Jupiter, Vulcunus [sic], Apollo, Peleus, Thetis.

The following are absent from this drawing but included in the final painting: centaurs (including Peleus's guardian Nessus), the Fates, Bacchus, Cupid and the goddess Eris (or Discordia).

The bottom half of this drawing can be compared with its counterpart 1927P474: study for Eris, goddess of Discord stealing a golden apple from the Tree of the Hesperides as its guardian, the dragon Ladon, sleeps at its base.

On the reverse side are numerous pencil sketches depicting a presentation of a kneeling figure before a throne, and two figures struggling, reminiscent of Hercules and Antaeus. It is very likely that these scenes are based on incidents in the life of Paris as well.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on cream-toned paper.


Height:178 mm
Width:256 mm

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