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Anatomy For The Use Of Artists. By Richard Lewis Bean, Late House-Surgeon At King's College And Charing-Cross Hospitals. - Illustrated By Several Plates. -

Richard Lewis Bean

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Henry Renshaw, 356, Strand., MDCCCXLI.

Physical Description

47, [1] p., 10 pl.; 237 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - Introduction - [Plates, with descriptive texts] - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed by draughtsman or engraver. Each carries the imprint of the intaglio-printers, 'M & N Hanhart Lith Printers'.

The text printer is named in the colophon: 'T.C. Savill, Printer, 107, St. Martin's Lane.'

The work is dedicated by the Author to William Fergusson, F.R.S.E.


M. Cazort et al., The Ingenious Machine of Nature: Four Centuries Of Art And Anatomy [exhibition catalogue] (1996).

Summary Note

Many artists were dissuaded from reading books on anatomy by their complexity. Here, in an attempt at simplification, Bean uses a new system of notation, labelling muscles and bones by their initials instead of numbers and single letters - but this, too, sometimes leads to unwieldy results.


The front free-endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'Presented by R L Bean Esqr'. Presented by the author in 1841 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, IX, 206).

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers decorated in blind; rebacked in 20th century, spine lettered 'Anatomy R. Bean'.


Manuals - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Great Britain - 19th century


Richard Lewis Bean, previous owner, donor
Henry Renshaw, publisher
Thomas Choate Savill, printer
Michael Hanhart, lithographic printer
Nicholas Hanhart, lithographic printer
William Fergusson, dedicatee
M. and N. Hanhart (London), lithographic printer