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Painted Roundel

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1870-71 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Forster (artist)
    Archer (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 98

Physical description

Decorative circular oil painting from a set of 36 roundels, originally exhibited in the V&A between 1871 and 1913. The roundels were positioned in the spandrels of the arches in Rooms 101 to 106. Each roundel depicts a single cupid or nude boy, with varying accessories, set against a crimson background. A fair-haired cupid is turned toward the spectator's right and looking over his right shoulder towards the spectator's left, holds a bow in his left hand and an arrow in his right. A light brown scarf flutters in spirals about him on the left. See pen and ink drawing by John Watkins, R. E., in E.I.D Department (no.8089c A.L.).

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


1870-71 (painted)


Forster (artist)
Archer (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Diameter: 16.5 in Average size

Object history note

Photographed September 1937, neg. no. 77159 (10 x 8)

Descriptive line

Decorative circular oil painting depicting a cupid with a bow and arrow, from a set of 36 roundels once exhibited on the west wall of Rooms 101-103 and the east wall of Rooms 104-106, painted by Forster and Archer. Great Britain, 1870-71.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1937, London: Board of Education, 1938.


Canvas; Oil



Subjects depicted

Bows; Renaissance; Putti; Nude; Decoration; Roundel; Cupids; Arrows


Paintings; History of the V&A; Architectural fittings; Tiles; National Art Training School


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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