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Stubbs, George, 1724-1806

The anatomy of the horse : including a particular description of the bones, cartilages, muscles, fascias, ligaments, nerves, arteries, veins, and glands / illustrated by twenty-four plates by George Stubbs, painter.

London : Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Gardens, 1853.
Physical Description:
68 p., [48] leaves of plates : ill. ; 46 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2011 79
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Originally issued in 1766.
"As a painter ... [Stubbs] wanted fully to understand what lay beneath a horse's skin, and how muscles and veins, schematized by earlier horse painters, actually functioned. When the Dutch anatomist Petrus Camper wrote in 1771 praising the book and hoping that Stubbs would proceed with further investigation into the horse's anatomy, Stubbs replied: What you have seen is all I meant to do, it being as much as I thought necessary for the study of Painting ... I looked very little into the internal parts of a Horse, my search there being only a matter of curiosity. (letter of 17 Oct 1771, Egerton, Stubbs, 1724-1806, 31)"--DNB.
This printing is the last to use Stubbs' original plates. After Stubbs died in 1806 his plates were inherited by Mary Spencer. After her death in 1817 the plates were sold at auction and were republished almost immediately by Edward Orme in July 1817. The plates were used again after Orme's death by Henry Bohn. Cf. Boyd.
Printed by G. Norman, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.
Boyd, C.L. George Stubbs, p. 42
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary purple cloth. Some of the plates are annotated in graphite with the names of parts of the anatomy.
Subject Terms:
Anatomy, Artistic.
Bohn, Henry -- Publisher.
Horses -- Anatomy.
Norman, G. -- Printer.
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