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Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

'The Toilete de Psyche after Raphael. Enamel by Léonard Limosin' c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864517

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Photograph of an enamelled rectangular plaque by Léonard Limosin, created in 1543 and now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (MR R 281). The work depicts two Nymphs dressing Psyche's hair, a scene based on the Story of Cupid and Psyche as told by Apuleius (c.124 – c.170 AD). A third Nymph is kneeling in the foreground, to the left, resting her left hand on a tall amphora. A four-poster bed can be seen in the background. The composition derives from an engraving of c.1530 by Antonio Salamanca (1478–1562).

The plaque was photographed in an enamelled frame, which at the time of writing is still attached to the work. 

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    After Limosin, Léonard (artist)

    Lucius Apuleius (b. 124)
    Antonio Salamanca (1500-62)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Psyche
            • Nymphs