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EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES

Cupid and Psyche: Sketches for 'The reading of Apollo's Oracle to Psyche' and 'Venus setting Psyche the Task of separating the Heap of Grain and Seed'
 

Cupid and Psyche: Sketches for 'The reading of Apollo's Oracle to Psyche' and 'Venus setting Psyche the Task of separating the Heap of Grain and Seed', 1865

Medium:
Pencil on cream-toned paper.
Dimensions:
170mm x 127mm
Provenance:
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

Accession Number:

1927P648.7

Description:

Two sketches on one sheet: top drawing is of Apollo's Oracle reading the prophecy before the King and Psyche; bottom drawing is of Venus setting Psyche the task of separating seeds and grain.

 

Bibliography:

A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 81.
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. 65, B82.

Research Information:

This is one of 86 studies for illustrations to 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' made to accompany the poem in William Morris' 'The Earthly Paradise'. This study is closer to the final conception than the previous two designs, but in the wood engraving (1913P158), the smoking altars and the statue in the niche on the right are omitted. Two figures are also added on the extreme right in the printed version.