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Anatomy: Pliny and Hippocrates, on form, structure;
Anatomy: the arm and its structure


Draughtsman: Flaxman, John


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

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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

  • Text: 11
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Grey ink
  • Text: 20
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Anatomy
  • Location: Recto, upper centre
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: all of the above is crossed through in grey ink

  • Text: Pliny / In considering the anatomical forms of / the body as we find them / Beofre we proceed to the Anatomical forms / of the human body as re in Grecian Sculpture / it will be necessary to take a short veiw[sic] / of what Hippocrates says concerning & as / much of the structure of the body as imme- / -diately concerns the arts of design, for as / Hippocrates was cotempory[sic] with Phidias / Praxiteles / we must naturally beleive[sic] that the Studies / & discoveries of the medical Anatomist & dissector directed / those of the Painter & Sculptor / Bones of the hand 27 / of the feet 24
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

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

  • Text: Facile acutem ut inter ossa exoluiter, brachio excepto / the head of this depends by the cartilage (nervo) from / the Acetabulum, having a loose round appendix / of the cartilage[i] the arm itself is not curved / outwardly, the anterior part is oblique & passes not / in a direct-line to the acetabulum, that part / which is curved at the side of the cubit is broad / knotty (et repagulo) and lever-like, solid, hollowed / on the posterior part, (in qua cornix inest ex cubito / when the hand is extended. To this there is a / torpid nerve, which arises between the division / of the bones of the cubit (wt[ii] (between which also) / it is perfected & fineshed[sic]." / Hippocrates / de Opium Natura
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 832/7.f.20
Primary reference Number: 38568
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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