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Cupid and Psyche - Study for the Palace Green Mural of 'Cupid flying away from Psyche'

Cupid and Psyche - Study for the Palace Green Mural of 'Cupid flying away from Psyche', 1872

Watercolour, bodycolour over pencil.
152mm x 32mm
Presented by the Family of George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle, 1922.

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Sketch of Cupid flying away into the night.


Exhibition History

1933 Tate Gallery
1957 Midland Federation Travelling Exhibition
1966-67 Midland Area Travelling Exhibition
1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
1995 Seattle Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Delaware Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery


Malcolm Bell. Edward Burne-Jones: A Record and Review. George Bell & Sons, London: 1892. p. 48.
A E Whitley. Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Paintings. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 1930. p. 35.
Martin Harrison and Bill Waters. Burne-Jones. Barrie & Jenkins, London: 1973. pp. 118-120.
Bill Waters. Painter and Patron: The Palace Green Murals. Apollo: November 1975. pp. 338-341.
John Christian and Stephen Wildman. Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 1998. p. 119 (repro).
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. 68, B229.

Research Information:

This is the seventh sketch by Burne-Jone for the decorative frieze scheme commissioned by George Howard for his dining room at 1 Palace Green, London. The paintings were later dismantled and presented to BMAG in 1922 (see 1922P187-198).