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Group - Hercules slaying a Centaur

Hercules slaying a Centaur

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hatfield, H. J. (sculptor)
    Giambologna (modelled)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

On acquisition, this piece was thought to represent Hercules and Nessus, a reduced copy of the marble group by Giambologna (Jean of Boulogne, 1529-1608), a Franco-Flemish sculptor active in Florence, Italy. Its reattribution to H. J. Hatfield was made at some date after 1974; a further bronze group, Hercules and Antaeus, was also reattributed following the discovery of the Hatfield foundry stamp concealed beneath the foot of the Hercules figure.

H. J. Hatfield was almost certainly a member of the Hatfield firm of bronze workers active from the 1840s. He is recorded as having produced a number of bronzes for the Art Union.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1850 (cast)


Hatfield, H. J. (sculptor)
Giambologna (modelled)

Materials and Techniques



Width: 29 cm, Depth: 23 cm, Height: 42 cm

Object history note

Purchased by Hildburgh from an unrecorded sale just prior to its loan to the Museum commencing on 25 October 1952, when it was described as Hercules and Nessus in the style of Francesco Susini, and thought to date from the early 17th century, Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1956.

Descriptive line

Group, Hercules slaying a Centaur, bronze, Henry John Hatfield (1844-1919) after a model by Giambologna, England (London), ca. 1850

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, p. 298, cat. no. 461



Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Death; Myths & Legends; Sculpture; Bronze


Sculpture Collection

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