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Born in Birmingham, but of Welsh extraction, Burne-Jones was much admired by early twentieth-century Welsh critics. A friend of William Morris and an associate of Rossetti and Ruskin, he became the leader of the second phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Intended as a companion to a composition of ‘Venus Concordia’, this unfinished oil painting depicts Venus presiding over a scene of conflict inspired by the four vices, Anger, Envy, Suspicion and Strife.
oil on canvas
H 128.2 x W 209.8 cm
NMW A 181
purchased from a private collection, 1926
Christie's stencil (?): 529CW No.183 inscribed on stretcher and in various places on verso of frame. 1975 ACGB label for Burne-Jones exhibition on back of frame. 1984 Tate label for Pre-Raphaelite exhibition on backing board.