Aquatint, coloured, the Theatre of Anatomy, Cambridge. By J.C. Stadler after A. Pugin. 34x27cm.
Two visitors are inspecting the anatomy theatre at the University of Cambridge. A human skeleton stands above the dissecting table where two specimens are placed. In one of the jars are conjoined twins. Human anatomical specimens also line the shelves. As few bodies were available for dissection, demonstrations in theatres enabled a number of medical students to learn human anatomy from watching the same procedure.
The print by Joseph Constantine Stadler (active 1780-1812) was taken from a drawing by Augustus Pugin (1765-1832). The illustration was one of 65 plates in A History of the University of Cambridge by William Combe (1742-1823), published in 1815.
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