Wax model of the human male generative organs and viscera, made by an anonymous collaborator of La Croix from dissections made by M. Faget while surgeon at the Hôpital Général de la Salpêtrière. Engraving by R. Gaillard after J. De Seve, 1749.

  • Sève, Jacques de, active 1742-1788.
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Buffon became the "intendant" of the Jardin du Roi in 1736 and his Histoire naturelle has, as its base, his descriptive catalogue of the specimens of the "cabinet du roi". The third volume is concerned with the Natural History of Man. In the introduction to the work, he remarks that, even more than the most exact descriptions and the best illustrations, "Nothing contributes more to the advancement of Natural History, than the continual observation of the objects of which it comprises."


[Paris] : [Imprimerie royale], [1749]

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1 print : engraving ; platemark 21 x 16.4 cm


De Seve delinea. ; Gaillard sculpcit

References note

E. Pognon and Y. Bruand, Inventaire du fonds français: graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, vol. 9, Paris 1962, p. 380, no. 6-381


Wellcome Collection 34229i

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Bears no.: Pl. 15 pag. 256. T. III.

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