Sunday, March 4, 2012

Drawings from the age of exploration - odd takes on strange beasts | The Public Domain Review

With its novel vignettes and its use of a camera obscura in the production of the plates, William Cheselden’s Osteographia, is recognized as a landmark in the history of anatomical illustration.
every chapter will have a distinct head-piece and tail-piece, which will be chiefly made of the sceletons [sic] of different animals.

The Osteographia eventually appeared in 1733 with a double set of plates, 56 lettered and 56 unlettered, “to shew them in their full beauty” (ch. 8).

A kneeling skeleton

Author: Cheselden, William, 1688-1752.

Engraver: Van der Gucht, Gerard, 1696-1776.

Engraver: Shinevoet, Mr., died not after 1733.

Title: Osteographia, or The anatomy of the bones.

Publication: London : [William Bowyer for the author?], 1733.


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