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Paris surgeon Guillaume Desnoues's (1650-1735) detailed full-length anatomical models were first brought to London in 1719 to educate and entertain the curious ‘without exciting the feeling of horror men usually have on seeing corpses’ . Remaining popular they continued to be shown until the end of the century at Benjamin Rackstrow's public museum in the Strand, London. Public anatomy exhibitions fell out of popularity by the end of the 18th century, and Rackstrow's closed in the late 1780s. Anatomy exhibitions were reawakened again at the end of the 1820’s by the sensationalism caused by the trial of resurrection men Burke and Hare. Burke himself was publically dissected after being hung for murder. While the text is from the original, the illustrations are ofgraveconcern steampunk originals.

Anatomical Waxworks

  • Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.


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