Battle of the Centaurs and Lapithae, Original Model, (sculpture)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 221
"Presented by the artist. At the marriage of Pirithous, one of the Lapithae, with hippodamia, the chiefs of the lapithae were assembled to celebrate the nuptials. The centaurs were also invited to the festivity. One of them, Eurytius, inflamed by wine, resolved to make the bride his prize, and, in his fury, seized her by the hair to carry her off. His companions followed his example, and each, according to his fancy, fastened upon one of the female attendants of the bride. The Lapithae instantly resented this brutal outrage, and the fight became general. Many of the centaurs were slain, and the rest compelled to retreat. " This group, the work of Mr. Lough, a British artist, is truly original, both in conception and execution. Though so many large figures, men, and horses are brought together, the whole is combined with an admirable harmony of design. The at- titudes of the male figures exhibit strength and grace, and the females the beauty, delicacy, and alarm of their sex. Near the top of the pyramid the bride is seen, ther dishevelled hair in the grasp of a ravisher. Theseus attacks the centaur to rescue her, and Pirithous, on a magnificent horse, with drawn sword, is flying to her assistance. Hercules is also active in the combat." [P. 4.]
Catalogue of an Exhibition by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, of Choice Paintings Loaned from Private Galleries of Philadelphia, and Hans Makart's Great Picture of "Venice Paying Homage to Caterina Cornaro." January 1877. Philadelphia: Collins, Printers, 705 Jayne Street.