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'.Compositionally similar to the 1872-81 oil painting in Birmingham's collection, although this scene is set in a landscape within a walled garden. Psyche is draped on the far right, emerging from the garden door, holding hands with Cupid. To Cupid's right is Mercury, winged and fully robed with a winged helmet on his head, as Hebe approaches Psyche with the cup of immortal life. On the far left is Apollo, draped, playing a lyre and wearing a laurel crown, to his left is Jupiter wearing a crown , next to him is Juno, and in the back, Venus is seen, nude.

  • 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. 87
Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 67


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

Associated people

Name Type
William Morris Author

Related work & resources

Discuss this work

Start a discussion about this work.

You need to login to discuss this work. Click here to login.

If you are not yet registered click here to become a member.
Find out more about membership