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Troy Triptych - Compositional Study

Troy Triptych - Compositional Study, 1870 - 1872

Watercolour, bodycolour and over pencil on paper laid onto board.
789mm x 824mm
Presented by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, J W Mackail and J R Holliday, 1922.

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A small plan design for the triptych altarpiece.



A E Whitley. Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Paintings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1930. p. 31.
Penelope Marcus. Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work. Arts Council of Great Britain: 1975. p. 48.
Liana Cheney. Pre-Raphaelite Art in Its European Context. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick: 1995. p. 96 (repro).
Elisa Korb with John Christian and Tessa Sidey. Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 94, B1112.

Research Information:

This is a small plan design by Burne-Jones for the large unfinished canvas, 'Troy Triptych' (BMAG, 1922P178). This study was probably begun in 1870, and shows that there were very minor alterations made between this and the oil version, most notably in the two side lower panels, that show a different composition altogether of the 'Venus Concordia' and 'Venus Discordia'; otherwise, the majority of the designs remain the same.