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Oil Painting - Cupid and Psyche - Palace Green Murals - Psyche set by Venus the Task

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1922P195
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1872 - 1881

Maker Information

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


The nineth in a series of twelve panels, based on 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' from William Morris's epic poem, 'The Earthly Paradise', commissioned by George Howard (later the 9th Earl of Carlisle) in the late 1860s for his newly-built home in No 1 Palace Green, Kensington.

The full title of the panel is, 'Psyche sent by Venus with a casket to Proserpine, passes safely through the Shadowy Meads, disregarding the call for help from the Shadowy Men trying to load an ass, and the three old women weaving, who are set to ensnare her.'

Presented by the daughters of George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle, 1922.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Cupid and Psyche William Morris
Medium:Oil on canvas.

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Height:1195 mm
Width:1245 mm