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Pencil Drawing - Cupid and Psyche - Three Sketches for Psyche abandoned by Cupid

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P648.33
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1865 - 1865

Maker Information

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


From a bound volume containing 86 studies for illustrations to 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' made to accompany the poem in William Morris' 'The Earthly Paradise'.

The composition of this sketch differs from the final wood engravings, although Cupid's wings and feet are the same. The composition of the wood engraving is elongated to reveal the dishevelled bed on the left, with Psyche leaning forward with her arms outstretched.

The second study of Psyche watching Cupid fly away is very close to the wood engraving, as is her despairing, although the flying figure of Cupid is not observed in the final version.

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Cupid and Psyche
Medium:Pencil on cream-toned paper. Bound.

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Height:108 mm
Width:235 mm