Cupid and Psyche - Psyche, sent by Venus with a Casket to Proserpine, determines to fling herself from a Tower, but is restrained and assisted by the Voice of a Dead Queen
Accession number: 1913P189
Wood engraving printed in black on laid Michallet paper.
Width: 315 mm
Height: 469 mm
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. The wood block for this engraving was cut by George Wardle.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.
Related work & resources
Discuss this work