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EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES

Cupid and Psyche - Two Sketches of Psyche in Cupid's Palace
 

Cupid and Psyche - Two Sketches of Psyche in Cupid's Palace, 1865

Medium:
Pencil on cream-toned paper.
Dimensions:
117mm x 163mm
Provenance:
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

Accession Number:

1927P648.17

Description:

Two studies on one sheet: left shows Psyche standing with arms outstretched and her right leg raised. The right shows Psyche in the nude standing beside a bed in Cupid's Palace, her right arm raised over her head.

 

Bibliography:

A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 82.
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, B92.

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'. See 1904P124, which is a more finished study for the same figure in the second drawing.