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A deep dissection of the muscles of the thigh, seen from the back. Engraving after G. de Lairesse, 1739.

  • Lairesse, Gérard de, 1640-1711
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The muscles of the thigh have been dissected to reveal the back of the femur ("H"). Among these are the large muscle of the gluteus maximus ("F") and the biceps femoris ("A B C"), its two heads at letters "B" "B" and its insertion at letter "C". This view also includes some muscles of the lower leg such as the beginnings of the gastrocnemius at "P" "P". As in plate 71 (catalogue no. 27995), a book is used as a prop


[Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden] : Apud Johannem Arnoldum Langerak, 1739]

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1 print : engraving ; platemark 47.2 x 33.2 cm


Quelques uns des muscles de la cuisse et de la jambe, coupés à l'origine ; A B C D e. Le muscle biceps de la cuisse. ; BB ses deux têtes ou commencemens. ; C sa terminaison ; Tab. 77

References note

L. Choulant, History and bibliography of anatomic illustration, tr. and ed. by M. Frank, Chicago 1920, revd ed. 1945, pp. 250-253
K. B. Roberts and J. D. W. Tomlinson, The fabric of the body. European traditions of anatomical illustration, Oxford 1992, pp. 309-313; 412-415
F. Beekman, "Bidloo and Cowper, anatomists," Annals of Medical History, n.s., 7, 1935, pp. 113-129
P. Dumaître, La curieuse destinée des planches anatomiques de Gérard de Lairesse, Amsterdam 1982

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Manuscript notations in brown ink in French on recto and verso
Bears plate number: T. 77


Wellcome Library no. 28071i

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The plate originally appeared in Govard Bidloo's Anatomia humani corporis (Amsterdam 1685), one of one hundred and five plates after drawings by G. de Lairesse which survive in the collection of the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Médecine in Paris. Bidloo's Anatomia appeared in a Dutch translation in 1690 after which Bidloo's publishers sold the remaining pulls of the plates to the Oxford publishers (Smith and Walford) of William Cowper's Anatomy of humane bodies (Oxford 1698), in which Bidloo's plates plus an appendix of nine new plates appear. Cowper added a new text and extra lettering, by his reckoning "above 700 references", to the plates. This new lettering was applied in red ink. Cowper's Anatomy of humane bodies was successful enough to appear in two further editions: one in English (Leiden 1737) and another in Latin (Leiden 1739). In these editions Cowper's added letters are in black ink. The manuscript notation is a French translation of Cowper's description of the seventy-seventh plate in the Leiden 1739 edition: Quidam ex musculis femoris & cruris, ab originibus praescisi & ad terminationes relicti



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