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Pencil Drawing - Cupid and Psyche - Sketch for Psyche on Olympus offered the Cup of Immortality

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P648.84
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'.

Compositionally similar to the 1872-81 oil painting in Birmingham's collection, although this scene is set in a landscape within a walled garden. Psyche is draped on the far right, emerging from the garden door, holding hands with Cupid. To Cupid's right is Mercury, winged and fully robed with a winged helmet on his head, as Hebe approaches Psyche with the cup of immortal life. On the far left is Apollo, draped, playing a lyre and wearing a laurel crown, to his left is Jupiter wearing a crown , next to him is Juno, and in the back, Venus is seen, nude.

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:158 mm
Width:318 mm