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Wood Engraving - Cupid and Psyche - Psyche wading across the Stream, her Dress held up, filled with the Golden Fleece

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1913P187
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1880c - 1880c

Maker Information

Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones


One of some forty-five wood engravings designed by Burne-Jones and mostly cut by William Morris illustrating the 'Cupid and Psyche' story for a lavish publication of William Morris' 'The Earthly Paradise'. Trial proofs at the Chiswick Press, were considered unsuccessful as a union of text and image, and the project was abandoned.

It was not until the late 1880s that sets of proofs were made. Sir Sydney Cockerell noted that eight sets were printed under the direction of Emery Walker, the total number of sets is unclear. Birmingham's set where given by Morris to the Birmingham architect John Henry Chamberlain (1831-83). The illustrations and the poem were finally printed in 1973 with an introduction by A.R. Duffy.

Presented by Mrs William Harris, 1913.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Cupid and Psyche
Medium:Wood engraving printed in black on laid Michallet paper.
Material(s):Printing ink

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Height:470 mm
Width:328 mm