Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fight of Centaurs and Lapithae

c.1804

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Pen and ink, graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 464 x 624 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08237
Turner Bequest CXX W

Display caption

This battle is described in antique literature and in the marbles from the Parthenon frieze, which were sent to England by Lord Elgin in 1804. Turner's sources for this composition study were probably literary rather than sculptural, but he later inspected the marbles with enthusiasm at Lord Elgin's London house.

Gallery label, August 2004