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"Anatomy as Art" Facsimile Display

25 Jan 2016

Geraldine O’Driscoll

Astley Paston CooperThe College’s collections are rich with artistic illustrations depicting human anatomy.

We currently have facsimile displays in the both the Library (on the first floor) and Archive display cases (in the main corridor on the ground floor) drawing on anatomical images from our collections.

Anatomical drawings have often been viewed as art. The display focuses on images from our collections that do not always make easy viewing but can be considered artistically accomplished.

The images have been ordered so that each display case will focus on one part of the body: the head, the limbs and the torso.

They feature images from works by Sir Charles Bell, Ludwig Joseph von Bierkowski, Jean-Baptiste Marc Bourgery, William Clift, Henry Vandyke Carter, Astley Paston Cooper, Sir Joseph Lister, John Lizars, Sydney A Sewell and Erasmus Wilson.

Lizars - A system of anatomical plates of the human body Collected Edition 1832Erasmus Wilson, Portraits of Diseases of the Skin 1855Hibner or Hubner, EstherCharles Bell - A system of dissections 1799Bourgery Traité complete de l’anatomieBierkowski Anatomisch-Chirurgische Abbilgungen 1827

Geraldine O’Driscoll, Library & Archives Assistant

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