The fifth in a series of twelve panels, based on 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' from William Morris's epic poem, 'The Earthly Paradise', commissioned by George Howard (later the 9th Earl of Carlisle) in the late 1860s for his newly-built home in No 1 Palace Green, Kensington.The full title of the panel is, 'Psyche, holding the lamp, gazes enraptured on the face of sleeping Cupid: Psyche kneels, with arms held out in supplication, as Cupid flies away through the doorway.'

  • Presented by the daughters of George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle, 1922.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -
Artist Walter Crane -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer
40e Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1998-06-04 - 1998-09-06
40e Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1998-10-17 - 1999-01-17
40e Musée d'Orsay 1999-03-01 - 1999-06-06


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Paintings
A E Whitley 1930 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery p. 34


Commissioned by George Howard, presented by his daughters, 1922.

Associated people

Name Type
George J Howard Commissioned by
William Morris Author

Associated places

Name Type
No 1 Palace Green, Kensington, London Made for

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