Height: 668.000 mm
Width: 476.000 mm
Prints and Drawings
Edward Burne-Jones, Cupid finding Psyche, a watercolour
England, AD 1866
A design for Earthly Paradise
This drawing was one of the designs that Burne-Jones made for a vast project to illustrate William Morris's Earthly Paradise (six volumes of which were eventually published between 1868 and 1870). This daunting scheme, begun in 1865, was abandoned when Morris could not find a typeface that would do justice to the illustrations. Around fifty of the designs were cut as woodblocks by Morris, but it was not until he took over all aspects of book production with the Kelmscott Press that he was able to find satisfactory design solutions for such ambitious work.
intense colour in this work is typical of Burne-Jones'
S. Wildman and J. Christian, Edward Burne-Jones, Victorian (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1998)
J.A Gere, Pre-Raphaelite drawings in the (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)