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Wood Engraving - Cupid and Psyche - Cupid delivering Psyche - Psyche, opening the Magic Casket, is overcome by Sleep, and Cupid flies to her once more

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1913P196
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1880c - 1880c

Maker Information

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


One of some forty-five wood engravings designed by Burne-Jones and mostly cut by William Morris illustrating the 'Cupid and Psyche' story for a lavish publication of William Morris' 'The Earthly Paradise'. Trial proofs at the Chiswick Press, were considered unsuccessful as a union of text and image, and the project was abandoned.

It was not until the late 1880s that sets of proofs were made. Sir Sydney Cockerell noted that eight sets were printed under the direction of Emery Walker, the total number of sets is unclear. Birmingham's set where given by Morris to the Birmingham architect John Henry Chamberlain (1831-83). The illustrations and the poem were finally printed in 1973 with an introduction by A.R. Duffy.

Presented by Mrs William Morris, 1913.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Wood engraving printed in black on laid Michallet paper.

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Height:468 mm
Width:316 mm