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Chalk Drawing - Cupid delivering Psyche - Drapery Study for Psyche

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P197
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1865 - 1866

Maker Information

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


Birmingham's collection has over 100 preparatory drawings by Burne-Jones based on the legend of Cupid and Psyche.

The drapery in this study differs from that in the painted versions. On the reverse is a slight sketch, in black chalk, had been described as Psyche abandoned to the monster. It may also be a study for 'Princess Sabra Tied to the Tree' from the St. George Series, as it shows a figure, bent slightly forward, beside a stake in a wooded landscape.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Cupid and Psyche
Medium:Black and white chalk on brown paper.


Height:302 mm
Width:208 mm