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frame: 1260 x 1211 x 92 mm
N03956 APOLLO AND MARSYAS 1924
Inscr. ‘Harry Morley. 1924.’ b.r.
Tempera on canvas, 42×40 (106·5×102).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1924.
Exh: R.A., 1924 (226).
Repr: Apollo, I, 1925, facing p.100 (in colour).
An illustration to the Greek legend. Marsyas (in some versions a satyr) discovered a flute which had been inspired by having been played on by Athena and presumptuously challenged Apollo to the musical contest shown in this painting, on the condition that the winner was to exact what penalty he liked. The Muses awarded their verdict to Apollo, who flayed Marsyas alive.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II