The Cupid Seller, 1775, black and red chalk on paper by Henry Fuseli, Swiss, 1741-1825. The drawing is in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Fuseli has taken many liberties with this version of a painting found in Pompeii. An old woman thrusts a limp Cupid toward a recoiling woman. Colored by his own life at the time, Fuseli sees love as frightening with an uncertain conclusion.
The work is a part of The Last Days of Pompeii exhibit at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, and the theme is based on Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s 1834 novel of the same name.