Oct 20, 2005

The Legend of Cupid and Psyche: Woman Weeping Beside a Brook

The Legend of Cupid and Psyche: Woman Weeping Beside a Brook


workshop of William Morris

(British, 1834-1896)

after Edward Burne-Jones

(British, 1833-1898)

Wood engraving

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1981.90



In the mid-1860s, Morris and Burne-Jones embarked on an edition of The Earthly Paradise intended to include more than 200 illustrations. While this extravagant edition of Morris’s poem was eventually abandoned, 47 of Burne-Jones’s illustrations for The Legend of Cupid and Psychewere produced as wood engravings, many of them cut by Morris himself. Psyche, Seeking Death, about to Leap into the Stream, printed on thin tracing paper, displays a surprising delicacy while simultaneously emulating the thick, bold lines of a medieval woodcut.

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PR - Wood engraving
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