Original French Etching 'Psyche in the Underworld' c1860.
From a work by Paul-Alfred de Curzon (1820-1895) comes this beautiful Etching by the noted French engraver Leopold Flameng (1831-1911).
Entitled 'Psyche in the Underworld' it depicts a beautiful young woman with butterfly wings (Psyche is the Greek word for butterfly), opening the box (pyxis) containing a dose of the beauty of Proserpina, the Queen of the Underworld. She is watched by Cerberus, the three headed watchdog of Orcus. When the box is open Psyche finds only a Stygian sleep.
The story of Psyche is fascinating but far too long to relate here in detail...suffice to say this image is one of the most famous of all the Victorian images of Psyche.
On a sheet measuring 8 1/4" x 12", the etching itself is 5 3/4" x 9". It has a good strong plate mark and with age foxing (mostly in the margins) is in good Antique condition.
Leopold is the father of Francois Flameng, the creator of a wonderful early 20th century pencil signed lithograph I have listed NN396.
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