Celebrate World Snake Day with a selection of snakes from Tate’s collection

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  • James Ward, 'The Moment' 1831

    James Ward
    The Moment 1831
    Oil on wood
    support: 367 x 466 mm frame: 510 x 605 mm
    Purchased 1982

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  • William Blake, 'The Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan' circa 1805-9

    William Blake
    The Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan circa 1805-9
    Tempera on canvas
    support: 762 x 625 mm frame: 912 x 785 x 75 mm
    Purchased 1914

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  • William Strang, 'The Temptation' 1899

    William Strang
    The Temptation 1899
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1220 x 1372 x 24 mm
    Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1999

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Vision of Medea' 1828

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Vision of Medea 1828
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1737 x 2489 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Albertus Seba, 'Two Snakes' date not known

    Albertus Seba
    Two Snakes date not known
    Pencil, watercolour and gum arabic on paper
    support: 226 x 178 mm support, secondary: 334 x 267 mm frame: 454 x 379 x 24 mm
    Purchased as part of the Opp Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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  • Graham Sutherland OM, '4. The Snake' 1978-9

    Graham Sutherland OM
    4. The Snake 1978-9
    Intaglio print on paper
    image: 491 x 362 mm
    Purchased 1985 The estate of Graham Sutherland

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  • David Shrigley, 'Untitled' 2003

    David Shrigley
    Untitled 2003
    Gouache and ink on wove paper
    support: 297 x 208 mm frame: 362 x 275 x 38 mm
    Purchased using funds provided by the 2006 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2007 David Shrigley

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  • Tom Phillips, 'Canto XXIV: [no title]' 1983

    Tom Phillips
    Canto XXIV: [no title] 1983
    Intaglio print, screenprint and lithograph on paper
    image: 268 x 203 mm
    Purchased 1983 Tom Phillips

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  • Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, '44. Headlines from Horrors Ville' 1972

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
    44. Headlines from Horrors Ville 1972
    Screenprint, lithograph and mixed media on paper
    support: 265 x 407 mm
    Presented by the artist 1972 The Estate of Eduardo Paolozzi

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  • Henry Moore OM, CH, 'Head of a Serpent' 1927

    Henry Moore OM, CH
    Head of a Serpent 1927
    Stone
    object: 180 x 114 x 114 mm
    Lent from a private collection 1994 The Henry Moore Foundation. This image must not be reproduced or altered without prior consent from the Henry Moore Foundation.

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  • Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, 'The Spirit of the Snake' 1965

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
    The Spirit of the Snake 1965
    Screenprint on paper
    image: 787 x 530 mm
    Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 The Estate of Eduardo Paolozzi

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Scary, sinister, stunning or just too slippery? Be startled or seduced by even more snakes in our collection.

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