Myotomia Reformata: Or An Anatomical Treatise On The Muscles Of The Human Body. Illustrated with Figures after the Life. - By the late Mr. William Cowper, Surgeon, and Fellow of the Royal Society. - To which is prefix'd An Introduction Concerning Muscular Motion. -
RA Collection: Book
The plates are unsigned - apart from pl. 65, which is signed as engraved by 'M.Vdr Gucht'. In-text illustrations are also unsigned - apart from the tailpiece printed on pp. 28 and 86, which is signed as engraved and designed by L. du Guernier, and that on p.83, which is signed 'LCf' (?) and 'C.D.B.'
M. Cazort et al., The ingenious machine of nature: four centuries of art and anatomy [exhibition catalogue] (1996)
K.B. Roberts and J.D.W. Tomlinson, The fabric of the body: European traditions of anatomical illustration (1992)
R.F. Buckman and J.W. Futrell, 'William Cowper', in Surgery, 99:5 (1986), p.582-90.
Cowper's plates and illustrations show muscles and skeletons; the last, unnumbered plate is an engraved 'Syllabus Musculorum'. The plates are described by M. Kornell (DNB) as a 'landmark in anatomical illustration, bridging the classicism of Vesalius of the sixteenth century and the realism of John Bell of the late eighteenth century', and she points out that their suitability for use in artistic anatomy is demonstrated by their use in Lelli's Anatomia esterna and J. Tinney's Compendium anatomicum (1743). Three plates (pl. 11-13) are described as being for the use of painters and sculptors. An earlier indication of Cowper's concerns in this matter may be found in his comments on the third plate of his Anatomy (1698).
Many of Cowper's notes and drawings are preserved in the British Library and Glasgow University Library.
Treatises - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
Joseph Tanner, editor.
James Jurin, 1684-1750,, editor.
Robert Knaplock, d. 1737,, publisher
Henry Pemberton, 1694-1771,, editor.
Jacob Tonson the elder, 1656?-1736,, publisher
John Innys, publisher
William Innys, publisher
Michael van der Gucht, engraver
W. and J. Innys (London), publisher