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Equilibrium of the Human Body


Draughtsman: Flaxman, John


Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1916-12) by Murray, Charles Fairfax

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Materials used in production

Grey ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper
Leaf Height 230 mm Width 169 mm

Techniques used in production

Handwriting : Pen and grey ink on laid paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: twice

  • Text: 14
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: 5
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Inscription present: the following in grey ink: [i] preceding word crossed through; [ii] preceding word crossed through; [iii] preceding two words crossed through

  • Text: Equilibrium / of / The Human Body / Consists / In the equality distribution[i] of it's parts about the / center of gravity A / the immediate cause of motion / is the inequality distribution[ii] of it's parts about / the center of gravity / Tab 4 + / Fig 1 A man standing upright with his legs / equally supporting his weight of the[iii] in the / side veiw[sic] the center of gravity falls on the / Fibia / Fig 2 Do front veiw[sic] the center of / gravity falls between the shins. / Fig 3 & 4 / first effort to move the local situation of / the human body: whilst one leg is moved forward / the body is poized on the standing leg; the center / of gravity fals[sic] on the ancle[sic] of that leg at A / Note in Fig 4 the side of the B from the / shoulder to the hip is lower, whilst the knee is
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 832/7.f.14
Primary reference Number: 38537
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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