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Cupid delivering Psyche - Study of Maria Zambaco for head of Psyche

Cupid delivering Psyche - Study of Maria Zambaco for head of Psyche, 1867

Pencil on paper.
252mm x 169mm
EBJ 1867
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

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A female head and long neck with expansive curly hair, turned slightly to the left.


Exhibition History

1937 Royal Society of Artists, London
1971 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 104.
Elisa Korb with John Christian and Tessa Sidey.Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 69, B241.

Research Information:

This drawing can be associated with any number of works Burne-Jones was working on in the late 1860's, many of which heavily feature Maria Zambaco. However, it is likely that this is a study of Psyche for the 'Cupid and Psyche' series of paintings, in particular, 'Cupid Delivering Psyche', begun in 1867, now in the collection of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Libraries.