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Pencil Drawing - Cupid and Psyche - Three Studies of Psyche and Venus' Attendants

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P604
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1865 - 1865

Maker Information

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


One of eleven tracings in Birmingham's collection for 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' made to accompany the poem in William Morris' 'The Earthly Paradise'.

Whitley has misidentified this drawing, as being of 'Psyche and Her Attendants in the Presence of Venus'. It is actually Venus' attendants who are bringing Psyche to the goddess, and the first attendant behind the nude Psyche is roughly handling the girl, grabbing both her wrist and shoulder. For the completed versions of this composition, see the sketchbook for the 'Cupid & Psyche' series, 1927P648, particularly number 46 (recto & verso) as well as 47 and 48.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on tracing paper (for engraving).

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Height:121 mm
Width:170 mm