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The Anatomy And Philosophy Of Expression As Connected With The Fine Arts. By Sir Charles Bell, K.H. Third Edition, enlarged. -

Sir Charles Bell

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: John Murray, Albemarle Street. -, M.DCCC.XLIV.

Physical Description

viii, 265, [1] p., 4 pl.: illus.; 260 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.p.] - Preface - Contents - [Text] - Appendix - Explanation Of The Plates; [colophon]. - [A publisher's advertisement has been tipped in after the colophon.]

Responsibility Note

Plates I, II and IV signed as drawn by Charles Bell and engraved by John Stewart; the third is unsigned. All carry the publisher's imprint of John Murray and the date (Jany. 1844).


M. Cazort et al., The ingenious machine of nature: four centuriues of art and anatomy [exhibition catalogue] (1996); I.S.L. Loudon, 'Sir Charles Bell and the anatomy of expression', in British medical journal, 285 (1982), p.1794-6; F. Cummings, 'Sir Charles Bell and The Anatomy of Expression', in Art bulletin, 46 (1964), p.191-203; G. Gordon-Taylor and E.W. Walls, Sir Charles Bell: his life and times (1958).

Summary Note

The work had first been published in 1806 as Essays on the Anatomy of Expression in Painting. In the present edition the first plate carries the dates of 1803 (for the drawing) and 1806 (for the engraving).

The plates show: 1. Human skulls; 2. Human facial muscles; 3. Canine facial muscles; 4. Nerves of the human head.


Purchased in 1867 (Librarian's Report, RA Annual Report for 1867, p. 26).

Binding Note

19th-century blue cloth, upper and lower covers decorated in blind; rebacked in 1989 by A. Wessely, retaining earlier spine-piece lettered 'Anatomy Of Expression - Sir C. Bell' and 'London John Murray'.


People - Anatomy - Expression - Theory
Essays - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


John Murray, publisher
Sir Charles Bell, draughtsman
John Stewart, engraver
Anthony Wessely, binder