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The Anatomist 1811
CRE ROWLANDSON, Thomas; (English; 1756-1827) PUB TEGG, Thomas, of Cheapside
black and coloured inks on paper
36.5 x 24.7
inscr on plate b. r. "Rowlandson Del"; inscr on plate b. l. "Price One Shilling / by Thos. Tegg N 111 Cheapside"; inscr on plate b. c. "The Anatomist"
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Among the greatest English draughtsmen, Rowlandson produced more than 60 prints and drawings with a medical theme. His earliest drawing on that subject, focusing on the Hunter brothers at work in a dissection room, dates back from his student days at the Royal Academy of Arts (c.1775-80) and must have been inspired by Dr William Hunter's lectures on anatomy at the Royal Academy.
The Anatomist's subject matter seems to be taken from a farcical play titled The Anatomist, regularly performed throughout the second half of the 18th century. Dealing with the issue of body snatching, it offers a light-hearted caricature of Dr Hunter's chosen profession.
CARICATURE : HUNTER 2007 : PHYSICIAN : AMPUTATION : BODY SNATCHING :