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FLAXMAN, John (1755-1826). Anatomical Studies of the Bones and Muscles, for the use of Artists from drawings by the late John Flaxman. Edited by William Robertson. London: Nattali, 1833.
FLAXMAN, John (1755-1826). Anatomical Studies of the Bones and Muscles, for the use of Artists from drawings by the late John Flaxman. Edited by William Robertson. London: Nattali, 1833.

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FLAXMAN, John (1755-1826). Anatomical Studies of the Bones and Muscles, for the use of Artists from drawings by the late John Flaxman. Edited by William Robertson. London: Nattali, 1833.

2o (494 x 319 mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Flaxman by de Clauson and 21 engraved plates. (Some minor marginal staining.) Contemporary cloth, printed paper label on upper cover (rebacked, old spine laid down).

FIRST EDITION. Flaxman, the leading Neo-classical sculptor in late eighteenth-century England, specialized in church monuments. In 1810 he was appointed the Royal Academy's first Professor of Sculpture. However Flaxman was also distinguished as a draftsman, and his outline engravings of 1793-5 illustrating Homer and Dante won him an international reputation unmatched by any contemporary British artist. On his death Flaxman left nineteen original anatomical drawings of bones and muscles. To these William Robertson added two additional drawings of his own, and provided a new text to form a treatise on anatomy for artists. For a work of primarily aesthetic value, Choulant was uncharacteristically complimentary, calling Flaxman's drawings "unconventional, clever, and true to nature" (Choulant-Frank pp. 341-42). Flaxman's original drawings for this work are preserved at the Royal Academy of Arts. Garrison-Morton 411.

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