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Pencil Drawing - Cupid and Psyche - Two Sketches for Psyche and her Sister and Pan and Psyche

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P648.36
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 right portion of this study depicts 'Pan and Psyche', the first sketch Burne-Jones does of this subject, which later becomes two major full-scale paintings. In both oils (1869, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; 1872, Private Collection), Psyche is shown nude, but the compositions are identical to this preliminary drawing.

Generally, scholars, such as Bill Waters and John Christian feel that Burne-Jones based his 'Pan and Psyche' on Piero di Cosimo's 'Death of Procris', acquired by the National Gallery in 1862.

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:116 mm
Width:170 mm