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EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES

Cupid and Psyche - Study of Psyche for 'Psyche awaiting Cupid'
 

Cupid and Psyche - Study of Psyche for 'Psyche awaiting Cupid', 1865

Medium:
Pencil on tracing paper (for engraving).
Dimensions:
105mm x 79mm
Provenance:
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

Accession Number:

1927P601

Description:

The half-nude figure of Psyche, seated as she awaits Cupid; part of the incomplete illustrated edition of 'The Earthly Paradise' by William Morris.

 

Bibliography:

A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 79.
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. 67, B162.

Research Information:

The half-nude figure of Psyche sits as she waits for Cupid. This is a traced design for 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' as told in William Morris' 'The Earthly Paradise'. For complete compositional sketches of this preparatory image, see the sketchbook, 1927P648.20-21, 23 - the right portion of the image.