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The Art Student's Guide to External Anatomy

The Art Student's Guide to External Anatomy The Art Student's Guide to External Anatomy

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Anatomy for Artists Painters and Sculptors

Anatomical Drawings for Art Students, Painter and Sculptors in full color, with additional ink drawings of bones and muscles.

This is a reprint of a nineteenth century Atlas of lithographs by M. Leveille which accompanied the other volume of descriptive text by Dr. Julien Fau.

About this ebook

This is a republished edition of The Anatomy of the External Forms of Man, Intended for the Use of Artists, Painters and Sculptors by Doctor J. Fau, Lithographed by M. Leveille', pupil of M. Jacob, New edition with additional plates by William Norris. I located another edition with a publication date of 1849.

The following information about Dr. Fau, the editor of the book is from Ludwig Choulant's History and Bibliography of Anatomic Illustration, published in 1920.


Julien Fau, doctor of medicine in Paris, edited two different anatomic works for artists: Anatomie des formes exterieures du corps humain, a l'usage des peintres et des sculpteurs. Avec un Atlas de 24 planches dessinées d'apres nature et lithographiees par M. Leveille, eleve de M. Jacob. Paris: Mequignon- Marvis fils, 1845 (16 and 214 pp.), 8° and fol. (24 lithographic plates), black and white and also colored.

The plates are very beautifully finished and comprise one plate of skulls of different nationalities; several different views of the nude bodies of a man, a woman, and a child, all drawn from nature, some of them supplemented by skeletons placed alongside of the bodies, with the body outlines; representations of the bones, and the muscles, the latter with the bones in some cases drawn in.

Particular attention has been given to the various positions and flexions of the extremities. The last plate represents the myology of the Laocoon, without the sons, after Charles Clement Bervic's well-known print. This work has been translated into English, with additions, by the physician Robert Knox, and published under the title: The anatomy of the external forms of man, intended for the use of artists, painters and sculptors, London, 1848, 8°, with an atlas of 26 plates in quarto; published in black and white and also colored.

Table of Contents

Introduction Page 3
Plate 1. Male Figure ­ Front View Page 21
Plate 2. Male Figure ­ Back View Page 23
Plate 3. Male Figure ­ Side View Page 25
Plate 4. Female Figure ­ Front View Page 27
Plate 5. Female Figure ­ Back View Page 28
Plate 6. Female Figure ­ Side View Page 29
Plate 7. Skulls from the Front, Side and Back Page 31
Plate 8. Bones of the Shoulder, Arms and Hand Page 35
Plate 9. Bones of the Hip, Leg and Foot Page 39
Plate 10. Muscles of the Head ­ Front and Side Views Page 43
Plate 11. Muscles of the Body ­ Front View Page 45
Plate 12. Muscles of the Body ­ Back View Page 47
Plate 13. Muscles of the Body ­ Side View Page 49
Plate 14. Muscles of the Arm ­ Front View Page 53
Plate 15. Muscles of the Arm ­ Back View Page 55
Plate 16. Muscles of the Arm ­ Side View Page 57
Plate 17. Muscles of the Arm ­ Three-Quarter View Page 59
Plate 18. Muscles of the Upper Chest and Head Page 61
Plate 19. Muscles of the Leg ­ Front View Page 63
Plate 20. Muscles of the Leg ­ Back View Page 65
Plate 21. Muscles of the Leg ­ Inside View Page 67
Plate 22. Muscles of the Leg ­ Outside View Page 69
Plate 23. Muscles of the Bent Leg ­ Outside View Page 71
Plate 24. Muscles of the Bent Leg ­ Inside View Page 73
Plate 25. Dissection of the Laocoon Page 75
Plate 26. Dissection of the Gladiator Page 77
Plate 27. Dissection of the Discobolus Page 79

The second, smaller, and less expensive work by Fau is: Anatomie artistique elementaire. Dessins d'apres nature par J. B. Leveille, gravures sur acier. Paris: Mequignon-Marvis, 1850, 8°, with 17 steel engravings in 8°, three of which are in small folio.In this work the representation of the shapes of skulls, of the nude bodies, and of the Laocoon are missing, but representations of three beautiful skeletons, with the contours drawn around them, have been added. The remainder deals with osteology and myology, although less exhaustively than in the previous work.

There were as many as ten editions of the book published in French, English, Dutch and German. The Anatomie artistique elementaire (Petit Fau) has shortened descriptions and only 17 steel engraved plates. I have come across an English version of it with additional illustrations and notes on sculpting, muscular anatomy and human proportion. I am working on an ebook version of this. Below are 3 photos of the French Edition from 1865. This was a self published book by Jonathon Scott Hartley which contains the same steel black ink engravings as Anatomie artistique elementaire . Hartley's book combines the plates with extensive commentary on anatomy and a chapter on proportion and the art of modeling (sculpting in clay).

Another English edition with plates was Elementary Artistic Anatomy of the Human Body, Translated and edited by Charles Carter Blake was published in 1881. There is a reference to Carter Blake in Charles Darwin's letters, Blake was an advocate of the discredited study of cranioscopy, which tried to make sense out of the races by a study of skulls. There was a schism in Victorian science with some arguing that cranioscopy proved distinct races, and ethnologists arguing for the unity of the races.

A German edition of Dr. Fau's book was published by Anton Elfinger (January 15, 1821 - January 19, 1864). His book titled Anatomie des Menschen die Knochen - Muskel - und Bandelehre was published in 1854. It has 27 lithographs of which three are original designs by Elfinger and are plates of skulls. One of these appears in The Anatomy of the External Forms of Man, Intended for the Use of Artists, Painters and Sculptors which is the basis for my republished edition. I found another and included it in the introduction. Anton Elfinger was a physician in Austria. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Leopold Kupelwieser and after his studies there took up the study of medicine, less by choice than at the urging of his family, earned his doctorate in 1845.

Anatomie des Menschen, die Knochen-Muskel- und Bänderlehre enthaltend in 27 lithografirten Tafeln. Bevorwortet und erklärt von Dr. Anton Elfinger

He became a permanent employee of the Vienna General Theaters newspaper and contributed costume pictures which he signed "Cajetan." He also contributed illustrations to Humoristisch-Satiriscen Volkskalender and was a cartoonist and political cartoonist.

He worked with a dermatologist, Ferdinand von Hebra and was an illustrator of medical literature. He produced the watercolors for Hebra's Atlas der Hautkrankheiten (Atlas of Skin Diseases). Another book he illustrated is Horizontaler Durchschnitt des Menschlichen Auges, by Dr. Arlt. This book illustrates the human eye.

F. von Hebra informational website with images taken from Anton Elfinger's lithographs for Hebra's book.

Additional notes below and more notes at my blog: Figure Drawing: Notes, Illustrations and Books about Figure Drawing and the Proportions of the Human Form.

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Included in the e-book is an additional section of anatomical pen and ink drawings illustrating the bones and muscular structure of the human body, examples are shown below. Because of the cost of full color printing I left these black and white drawings out of the printed edition. If you purchase the printed book and wish to have these drawings as a pdf file, email me with a proof of purchase, and I will send you a link.

This is a republished edition of The Anatomy of the External Forms of Man, Intended for the Use of Artists, Painters and Sculptors by Doctor J. Fau, Lithographed by M. Leveillé, pupil of M. Jacob, New edition with additional plates by William Norris. I located another edition with a publication date of 1849.

The same author had a young artist, Eugene Caudron, a pupil of David d'Angers, make an anatomic plaster statuette, 70 centimeters high, for the use of artists (nouvel ecorche) which is sold, white or colored, with a description and four pages of pictorial representations (the four views of the statuette), for 15 and 30 francs respectively (the description alone costs 3 francs). Prior to this, Johann Martin Fischer's plaster.

Photos are of two different sculptures by Jacques-Eugène Caudron each titled Écorché (dissection of a man). The second is in Rouen ; musée Flaubert & d'Histoire de la Médecine. It was a clever piece, according to a description at the French Ministry of Culture, which has a great searchable website of French art objects, "Each arm is removable by Keys. The chest and abdominal wall are open and reveal the organs dealt with summarily. "

Preceeding Dr. Fau's book and perhaps influencing it was another by P.N. Gerdy similarly titled Anatomie des Formes Exterieures which included 3 schematic diagrams of the human form.

Another book with art designed by M. Leveille and engraved under his supervision was Heath's Operative Surgery.

A Course of Operative Surgery, consisting of a Series of Colored Plates, each plate containing Several Figures, Drawn from Nature by the Celebrated Anatomical Artist, M. Leveille, of Paris, Engraved on Steel under his immediate superintendence, with Descriptive Text of Each Operation, and numerous Wood Engravings. By Christopher Heath, F.r.c.s., Surgeon to University College Hospital, and Holme Professor of Clinical Surgery in University College, London. One Large Quarto Volume. Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Sold by Subscription. Full information upon application. Cloth, $12.00. P. BLAKISTON, SON & CO., 1012 Walnut St., Philadelphia.

Wikipedia article.

Skin in Water-Colours: Unpublished Aquarelles from Hebra's Department in Vienna 1841-1843 at

The last three plates in the book are dissections of ancient statuary, The Laocoon, The Gladiator and Discobolus. Link to Washington School of Medicine - Monuments of Medicine page - rare books from the Bernard Becker Medical Library, which has a note on the French edition and a picture of the Laocoon Plate, compare it to the original sculpture. The Laocoon plate was original to the French edition, the Gladiator and Discobolus are original to theEnglish edition.

Anatomie Des Formes Exterieures Du Corps Humain at A Manual of Artistic Anatomy for the Use of Students in Art at

A link to an exhibition of Jean Baptiste François Leveillé's works and another one and a link to the home page of the exhibition Anatomy Acts. Google Books result for Traite Practique D'Anatomie, with plates by Leveillé.

According to Boris Röhrl in his History and Bibliography of Artistic Anatomy, Julien Fau's textbook along with Duval's Precis d' Anatomie, were the most successful publications of their period. Fau's invention was to supplement the textbook with the large atlas of prints. Röhrl also notes that for the reader not interested in the extensive description of the prints found in the textbook a pocket book, Anatomie artistique elementaire, was created. French at students called the small volume Petit Fau, and the large textbook Grand Fau. Röhrl argues that while Fau was influential in anatomical studies, his main concern was with the faithful rendering to produce art. "The only question posed is why a picture executed with the greatest scientific exactitude should not be an effective work of art at the same time.Thoughts based in the metaphysical or spiritual sphere were not considered by Fau, but he does recognize that the plain reproduction of nature did not produce artistic value in a certain work to the same degree. His main argument lies in a continuation of the tradition of the Renaissance."

You can search for a copy of Röhrl's book at Use the search terms "Boris Röhrl," or "History and Bibliography of Artistic Anatomy."

An English translation of the large textbook (Grand Fau) without the plates is at Google Books The Anatomy of the External Forms of Man, ed. with additions by R. Knox.

A reprint of the atlas of anatomical prints is what makes up my book, Anatomy for Art Students, Painters and Sculptors.


Bibliothèque artistique de la Ville de Bruxelles - Art Library of the City of Brussels - Image from Anatomie des formes exterieures du corps humain.

Artist versus Anatomist, Models against Dissection: Paul Zeiller of Munich and the Revolution of 1848 - Article by Nick Hopwood, MSc, PhD - mentions Anton Elfinger's employment.

These arrangements were informal, but then "anatomical modeller" was not a regular occupation. Medical models were made by artists, preparators and others. Most German universities had a drawing teacher, but professors' attempts to create posts for scientific artists tended to founder on the combination of demanding job description and low academic and artistic status. Models were more of a luxury than drawings and the skill was less widely distributed. Some state collections already employed staff to prepare specimens for display‹Munich's zoological preparator had a doctorate‹but it was rare for a medical modeller to gain a dedicated position, such as Joseph Towne enjoyed at Guy's. In Vienna Dr Anton Elfinger was from 1849 hired by the medical faculty to produce illustrations and models, but the money soon ran out. A little later at the University of Freiburg in Baden Dr Adolf Ziegler made embryological waxes as a zootomical Assistent, a position that for others was a stepping-stone to a chair, but from which he resigned in 1868 to build up a private studio.


Skin in Water-Colours: Unpublished Aquarelles from Hebra's Department in Vienna 1841-1843

Cajetan das Leben des Wiener Mediziners und Karkaturisten Dr. Anton Elfinger

Human Anatomy for Artists

The Artist's Guide to Human Anatomy

Images from an 1880 edition are posted at this blog: Autumn Cottage Diarist Days in the life of an English country woman - Anatomical Atlases and Multi-Layered Men

This new edition is copyright 2010, the original images in it are believed to be in the public domain based on their age and publishing date. If you have information to the contrary please email me:

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