Psyche Pt. 3: Pre-Victorian and Victorian Era

(Last Updated On July 9, 2022)

Before we get into the Victorian era proper, let’s present an example of Wedgwood from 1773–this appears to be the piece on which William Etty based this 1820 painting. Something seems a little odd here. Whatever the case, I do not know the original artist who sculpted this:


Artist Unknown – The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche (Wedgwood) (1773)

And a couple more examples of Neoclassicism:


Angelika Kauffmann – Bildnis der Geschwister Plymouth als Amor und Psyche (1795)


Christian Gottlieb Kratzenstein-Stub – Eros and Psyche (1815)

The adolescent Psyche was a favorite subject of French painter Guillaume Seignac:


Guillaume Seignac – Psyche (1)


Guillaume Seignac – Psyche (2)


Auguste Moreau – Young Psyche (1800s)

The most famous artistic representation of Cupid and Psyche as a pair of children is, of course, Bouguereau’s “First Kiss”:


William-Adolphe Bouguereau – L’Amour et Psyche, enfants (First Kiss) (1873)

Bouguereau also painted the couple as adolescents:


William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Psyche et L’Amour (1889)


Reinhold Begas – Eros and Psyche (1870s)


Eugene Medard – L’Amour et Psyche (1878)


Jules Joseph Lefebvre – Study for ‘Psyche’ (1883)


Annie Louisa Swynnerton – Cupid and Psyche (1891)


Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry – Cupid and Psyche (1892)


Lionel Noel Royer – Cupid and Psyche (1893)


Middleton Jameson – Cupid and Psyche (1898)

Wikipedia: Wedgwood

Wikipedia: Angelika Kauffmann

Wikipedia: Christian Gottlieb Kratzenstein-Stub (Page is in Danish.)

Wikipedia: Guillaume Seignac

Wikipedia: William-Adolphe Bouguereau

William-Adolphe Bouguereau: The Complete Works

Wikipedia: Reinhold Begas

Wikipedia: Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Jules Joseph Lefebvre: The Complete Works

Wikipedia: Annie Swynnerton

Wikipedia: Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry

Wikipedia: Lionel Royer

Wikipedia: Middleton Jameson

4 thoughts on “Psyche Pt. 3: Pre-Victorian and Victorian Era

    • The link is now repaired. Thank you for pointing it out. The link leads to an image from another post on this site, but because the web address is not the same, it was no longer a functioning link. I’m not sure why it contained the reference to Ron’s hard drive, except that maybe when he was setting it back up on the new server and had everything on his hard drive, somehow that got transferred to the link. I am not a techie so that is my best guess, and it’s a little vague. Thanks again.

    • Hi Thomas,

      I’m familiar with this piece (I am well-versed in Symbolist art, since it’s my favorite art period) and already planned to post the Swynnerton image eventually. It does not really fit the Cupid and Psyche theme however, so it won’t be used in that capacity.

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