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Oil Painting - The Feast of Peleus

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1956P8
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1872 - 1881

Maker Information

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


This painting was largely completed in 1873, but touched up when prepared for exhibition at the Grosvenor in the Summer Exhibition of 1881.

It represents the marriage of the mortal Peleus to the sea-goddess Thetis, with all the Olympian gods in attendance. Eris, the Goddess of Discord, casts an apple onto the table marked 'for the fairest', an event which in turn, planted the seeds for the Trojan War.

This design is the central panel of the predella of the 'Troy Tiptych', also in Birmingham's Collection. A larger unfinished version is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Presented by Wilfred Byng Kenrick in memory of the Rt Hon. William Kenrick in fulfilment of an agreement with his brother, the late Gerald W. Kenrick, 1956.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on panel.


Height:369 mm
Width:1099 mm