One of eleven tracings in Birmingham's collection for 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' made to accompany the poem in William Morris''The Earthly Paradise'.Whitley has misidentified this drawing, as being of 'Psyche and Her Attendants in the Presence of Venus'. It is actually Venus's attendants who are bringing Psyche to the goddess, and the first attendant behind the nude Psyche is roughly handling the girl, grabbing both her wrist and shoulder. For the completed versions of this composition, see the sketchbook for the 'Cupid & Psyche' series, 1927P648, particularly number 46 (recto & verso) as well as 47 and 48.

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © 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. 79
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 67

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