Joseph Mallord William Turner
Fight of Centaurs and Lapithae c.1804

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Fight of Centaurs and Lapithae
Date c.1804
Medium Pen and ink, graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 464 x 624 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXX W
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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.

August 2004

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