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Oil Painting - Cupid and Psyche - Palace Green Murals - Psyche receiving the Casket from Proserpine

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1922P197
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 eleventh 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 receiving the casket back from Proserpine: Psyche, brought back to the upper regions by Charon, having opened the casket in the hope that the beauty of it contained might become hers, lies unconscious on the ground: Cupid, warned by the Phoenix of Psyche's danger, flies to her rescue.'

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:1190 mm
Width:1830 mm