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Flaxman title page

Anatomical studies of the bones and muscles : for the use of artists, from drawings by the late John Flaxman; engraved by Henry Landseer; with two additional plates; and explanatory notes, by William Robertson.
London : M.A. Nattali, 1833.
STORE 195:41

John Flaxman (1755-1826) was an illustrator and sculptor who worked at one time for the Wedgwood factory. He is mainly known for his funerary monuments which include that of Josiah Wedgwood in St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke-on-Trent's parish church. He was influenced by the work of Charles Bell and both of them believed that artists should have training in anatomy.

Inside the book is an inscription from Hensleigh Wedgwood (1803–91), grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, to his eldest daughter Julia. See Dawn's 'Artistic Anatomy' post on the Library's blog for more.

Flaxman Wedgwood signature

Flaxman plate
Drawing by Flaxman, engraved by Landseer


Flaxman plate skeletons

Lithograph by Robertson

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