Sunday, February 13, 2011


Spotted this in the paper today... fantastic.

This is called "The Chariot Race" and is Alexander von Wagner, painted in about 1882, and possibly inspired by the book "Ben Hur"...

NB. Since the original post I've replaced the image with the copy Legatus [click here] posted on his blog's website - far bigger and more impressive image - make sure you click on it to get the bigger view... quite astounding...


  1. It's a bloody nice picture, sets the scene of the chariot racing magnificently.

  2. I have produced a bigger copy and posted it on my blog here:

  3. The original is the Manchester Art Gallery. Worth going to if you're in the area - the painting is a whopper! (in size and impression)


  4. Cheers guys - Legatus - fantastic copy, I hope you don't mind me linking to your picture as it was way better than the one I found and deserves the bigger view... let me know if you'd prefer me not to.

    Made me want to rush out and buy a copy of the old chariot racing rules... was it "Circus Maximus"??

  5. MajorBloodnok15/02/2011, 13:17

    Hey there, great picture. There's something to be said for Victorian interpretations of classical subjects (there's a PhD thesis in there somewhere). Also, here's a link to Circus Maximus - you can download the rules I think.

    The South East of Scotland Wargames Club used to run a version of this at Claymore in days gone by... always fun when your horses got whipped by someone else, you crashed, and then you got run over. How we laughed.

    Really enjoyed your Berthier AWI campaign by the way. Inspiring...