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Watercolour - Cupid and Psyche - Study for the Palace Green Mural - Psyche sent by Venus the Task

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1922P207
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1872 - 1872

Maker Information

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


This is the nineth of eleven preliminary sketches in Birmingham's collection for the frieze decoration commissioned by George Howard (later the 9th Earl of Carlisle). Based on 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' from William Morris's epic poem, 'The Earthly Paradise', this particular design was not realised.

It's full title would have been, 'Psyche, set by Venus the task of collecting the Golden Fleece from her flocks, is helped by a voice from the river reeds: Psyche, sent by Venus to the Black Mountain to fill an ewer at the fountain guarded by dragons, is aided by Jupiter's eagle.'

Presented by the Family of George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle, 1922.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Palace Green Mural
Medium:Watercolour and gouache over pencil on paper.

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Height:158 mm
Width:266 mm