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The dissecting room of an anatomist, with a man thought to be dead waking up and sitting up in his coffin. Drawing, 183- (?).

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[between 1830 and 1839?]

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Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
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The interior of an anatomist's dissecting room: a man in his coffin (suggesting his cadaver has been stolen) sits up and sees a skeleton, posed in the manner of Houdon's écorché with a pipe in its mouth. On a table nearby, a double-headed foetus preserved in spirit, human skulls, femurs, dissecting knives. Left, another cadaver on a table. Gas lights are suspended from a shallow dome (skylight?) in the ceiling. A dog tied to a table knocks over a chair and barks at the awakened man. Left, a man with a stick, wearing nightclothes, opens the room and looks on in horror

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[between 1830 and 1839?]

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1 drawing : pen and ink and wash ; sheet 10.5 x 13.5 cm

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The dissecting room of an anatomist, with a man thought to be dead waking up and sitting up in his coffin. Drawing, 183- (?). Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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