A number of designs for this subject exist, taken from Edmund Spenser's 'Faerie Queen' (1590), Book III, Canto XII. Shortly after creating a number of designs in the early 1870s, Burne-Jones abandoned the project, only to take it up once again shortly before his death in 1898. The drawing depicts the figures Cupid ((Labelled Cupido) riding in on a lion, Infamia, Crudelitas, Saevitia, Dame Amoret, Pudor and 'Penitentia'. Two pencil studies dating from 1872, are in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Also extant is the entire scheme in watercolour, composed over a doorway, dating from 1898 and now in a private collection.

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
be not too bold/ saevilia/ crudelitas/ infamia/ be bold/ CUPIDO/ Pudor/ be bold/ penitentia
Inscription Front Handwritten - Pencil. inscriptions written in the artist's hand


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. 96
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 76

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Edmund Spenser Author

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