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Pencil Drawing - Cupid and Psyche - Study for Psyche Wading through Water with the Golden Fleece

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P606
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'.

This study recounts the return of Psyche through the black waters, holding bits of golden fleece in her gathered garments, returning to Venus. This sketch represents the second of the four trials Venus puts Psyche through to atone for her injuring Cupid and disobeying him. For more completed sketches of Psyche wading through the water, see the sketchbook, 1927P648, particularly number 53, recto and verso.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

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

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Height:109 mm
Width:82 mm