This drawing is after a frieze representing the battle of the Lapiths and the Centaurs, from the temple of Apollo at Bassae, Greece, 4th Quarter of the 5th Century B.C. This frieze is now in the British Museum.1
Stylistically, the drawing is close to a group of copies after the antique, executed by Ingres in the 1790s, when the young artist was training first at the Académie Royale, Toulouse, and then in Paris.2
1. Inv. no. GR 1815.10-20.1-23.
2. P. Hattis, Ingres' Sculptural Style: a group of unknown drawings, exhib. cat., Cambridge, Mass., Fogg Art Museum, 1973
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