Birmingham's collection has over 100 preparatory drawings by Burne-Jones based on the legend of Cupid and Psyche. This is one of five drapery studies for the figure of Psyche that appear to be for the scene of 'Cupid Delivering Psyche' from 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' made to accompany the poem in William Morris''The Earthly Paradise'. This appears to be closest to the final composition of 'Cupid Delivering Psyche', taken from William Morris' poem, 'The Earthly Paradise'.

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  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 78
Hidden Burne-Jones Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Musuems and Art Gallery
Elisa Korb, Tessa Sidey 2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 69


Charles Fairfax Murray

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