The Beauty of Anatomy

Back in May, the BBC filmed a selection of our red chalk drawings of the Human Gravid Uterus (MS Hunter 658, Az.1.4) for a forthcoming series entitled The Beauty of Anatomy.

Az.1.4, Plate 26

Az.1.4, Plate 26


William Hunter’s The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus , published in 1774, was the most famous and influential obstetrical atlas of its day. To ensure that the anatomical details were accurate, the best artists were employed for its illustration. The renowned Netherlandish artist Jan Van Rymsdyk was responsible for most of the original drawings from which the thirty four plates in the book were engraved. All the plates were made from drawings of dissected women who had died before birth.

The  Beauty of Anatomy is a five part series which begins on 13th August at 8.30pm on BBC4.



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