The Aeneids of Virgil

Supplementary

Illustrations:

The Fitzwilliam Museum owns twenty-nine drawings, all highly-finished as illustrations for a proposed Aeneid of Virgil, as planned by William Morris. Between 1870 and 1875 Morris completed five hand-written volumes and began several more; of these only one was the Aeneid. The Huntington Library owns the manuscript by William Morris #6439.

See Anna Cox Brinton, A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid, W. Ritchie, 1934, pp. 17-18;
Georgiana Burne-Jones, Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones, vol. 2, ch. xvii, p. 56.

Provenance: EB-J; Laurence W. Hodson; Hodson sale, Christie's, June 15, 1906, lot 37, bought J. R. Holliday, by whom presented to the Museum, 1927.

All drawings listed below are executed in pencil on paper.

The dates given are those inscribed on the drawings by the artist

no. 1183/1 Venus appearing to Aeneas before Carthage 1873
144 x 140 mm

no. 1183/2 Aeneas flying from Troy 1873
144 x 140 mm

no. 1183/3 Aeneas and the harpies 1873
142 x 140 mm

no. 1183/4 Death of Dido 1875
142 x 139 mm

no. 1183/5 The Burning of the ships 1874
142 x 140 mm

no. 1183/6 Aeneas and the sybil in the Underworld 1874
142 x 140 mm

no. 1183/7 Lavinia in the palace of Latinus 1874
141 x 139 mm

no. 1183/8 Venus bringing armour to Aeneas 1874
143 x 139 mm

no. 1183/9 Aeneas slaying Mezentius 1873
142 x 138 mm

no. 1183/11 Aeneas at the tomb of Mezentius 1873
142 x 139 mm

no. 1183/12 The Death of Turnus 1873
147 x 138 mm

The following seventeen drawings are for initial letters:

no. 1183/13 Juno 166 x 89 mm

no. 1183/14 Letter 'H' Cassandra amid the flames of Troy 126 x 85 mm

no. 1183/15 Letter 'T' The Golden Bough 173 x 90 mm

no. 1183/16 Letter 'I' Helen hidden 130 x 176 mm

no. 1183/17 Neptune 163 x 74 mm

no. 1183/18 Letter 'D' Troy burning 106 x 74 mm

no. 1183/19 Tartarus with the punishment of the Damned 1874 360 x 90 mm

no. 1183/20 Letter 'D' The passing of Dido 1874 184 x 95 mm

no. 1183/21 Letter 'E' The ruins of Priam 1875 126 x 94 mm

no. 1183/22 Letter 'P' Dido's Wedding 1874 230 x 98 mm

no. 1183/23 Letter 'I' Rumour blowing a horn 1874 147 x 89 mm

no. 1183/24 Letter 'Q' Love and Dido 1874 147 x 130 mm

no. 1183/25 Letter 'E' The Wooden Horse 1874 134 x 89 mm

no. 1183/26 Letter 'T' Neptune and Winds 1874 243 x 67 mm

no. 1183/27 Letter 'I' Scylla 1874 157 x 89 mm

no. 1183/28 Letter 'T' Andromache 1874 125 x 193 mm

no. 1183/29 Letter 'P' Polyphemus 1874 163 x 91 mm

excerpted from July 17th, 1990 letter from Jane A. Munro
Assistant Keeper, Paintings, Drawings and Prints
The Fitzwilliam Museum