Record number 03/6634
Author Sharpe, James Birch, 1789 -
TitleElements Of Anatomy; Designed For The Use Of Students In The Fine Arts. By James Birch Sharpe, Member Of The Royal College Of Surgeons, And Student In The Royal Academy Of Arts.
ImprintLondon:: Printed For R. Hunter, (Successor To Mr. Johnson) No. 72, St. Paul's Church-Yard., 1818.
Physical Description[8], 68 p., 5 pl.; 235 mm. (Octavo).
Content Format Note[T.p., dedic.] - Errata - [Text] - Appendix, Description Of The Plates; [colophon]. - [Plates].
Summary NoteIn his Introduction the author states - in opposition to Sir Anthony Carlisle, Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy from 1808 to 1824 - that 'dissection is necessary to the artist'. He adds that he has made frequent reference to the 'Gladiator repugnans' or 'Warrior of Agasias' (the ancient sculpture, generally known as the 'Borghese Gladiator' or 'Borghese Warrior'); an écorché of which he presents as his Plate 4. This famous work was praised by other writers on anatomy, such as Cowper, Salvage and Del Medico.
Responsibility NoteThe plates and title-page vignette are unsigned.

The printer is named on the verso of the title-page and in the colophon: 'Printed by J. McCreery, Black-Horse-Court, London'.

The work is dedicated by the author to Henry Fuseli, 'A.M. Royal Academician, Keeper Of The Royal Academy Of Arts, Professor Of Painting. &c. ... As A Testimony Of The Great Advantages And High Honour Derived From His Invaluable Instruction, In The Royal Academy of Arts'.
Statues - Sculpture, Greek
Manuals - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century
ReproductionsAvailable on microfiche (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1994).
ReferencesM. Cazort & al., The ingenious machine of nature: four centuries of art and anatomy [exhibition catalogue] (1996), p. 66, 222; A. Darlington, The Royal Academy of Arts and its anatomical teachings [dissertation, London Univy.] (1990).
Binding Note20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; green morocco spine-label lettered 'Sharpe's Anatomy'.
ProvenancePresented to the Academy by the author, and acknowledged 5 November 1818 (RAA CM, VI, p. 13).
Contributors Hunter, Rowland, fl. 1815-1836, publisher
McCreery, John, 1768 - 1832, printer
Fuseli, Henry, R.A., 1741 - 1825, dedicatee
Sharpe, James Birch, 1789 -, previous owner, donor
Royal Academy of Arts (London). Keeper (1804-1825: Fuseli).. dedicatee
Royal Academy of Arts (London). Professor of Painting (1799-1805, 1810-1825: Fuseli).. dedicatee
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