Harry Bates, A.R.A., The Story of Psyche. Silvered bronze relief: Side panels: 13 x 9 1/3 inches. Central panel (color photograph): 13 x 29 1/2 inches. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. As Robert Bowman points out, this triptych "exemplifies the eclecticism of sculptural practice of the 1880s and [Bates's] shared influences with the Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic artists such as Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Moore, and Solomon. The subject of the work is the abduction of Psyche from her desolate mountaintop by the god of the west wind, Zephyrus, whilst she is lulled into a deep sleep" (7).

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Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983. pl 147.

Bowman, Robert. Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture. London: The Fine Art Society, 2008. Pp. 6-7.

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