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William Theed (1804-91)

Psyche lamenting the loss of Cupid 1847

Marble | 152.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2044

Grand Entrance & Marble Hall, Buckingham Palace

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Full length marble statue of Psyche, lamenting the loss of Cupid, standing. Her lower half covered by drapery and her right hand holding a bow.

William Theed the Younger was a versatile and prolific sculptor and enjoyed Queen Victoria's patronage throughout his working life. In the fatal year of 1861 he produced memorial likenesses of both the Duchess of Kent and Prince Albert in various formats in an extraordinarily short time for production of copies.

The Victorians were preoccupied with Cupid and Psyche as symbols of sacred and profane love. This statue, based on the work of Theed's master, Thorvaldsen, was purchased for Osborne with the companion figure of Narcissus.

Text from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love.