From a bound volume containing 86 studies for illustrations to 'The Story of Cupid and Psyche' made to accompany the poem in William Morris''The Earthly Paradise'.Burne-Jones has identified the gods and goddesses seated around the table at left. Jupiter is seated on the far left on his throne, with (anticlockwise): 'Ceres', 'Diana', three unidentified gods, 'Mars', 'Venus', 'Minerva', 'Vesta', and 'Juno'. On the right side of the drawing, winged Hebe holds the cup of immortality in her hands, walking past the faint outline of Mercury, while Psyche, with a crown of flowers on her head, holds hands with winged Cupid on the far right.

  • 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
Juno/ Vesta/ Minerva/ Venus/ Mars/ Ceres/ Diana
Label - Handwritten - labels identifying each figure from left to right, upper row then lower. 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. 87
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 66


Charles Fairfax Murray; Sold to James Richardson Holliday,1902-03.

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William Morris Author

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