Stock No. 5557PS
Lithograph dated 1863 from the first edition of: Illustrations of Dissections in a Series of Original Coloured Plates the Size of Life, Representing the Dissection of the Human Body, by George Viner Ellis, Professor of Anatomy in University College, London, and G[eorge] H[enry] Ford Esq. The Drawings are from Nature by Mr.Ford, from Dissections by Professor Ellis. London, James Walton, 1867. Large folio – sheet size 558 x 360 mm. (about 22 x 14 inches), printed in colours by the Mintern Brothers. Faint dampstain along top edge of sheet, well away from image.
George Viner Ellis succeeded to the Chair of Anatomy at University College in 1850, and became one of the foremost anatomists of his day. He wrote two classic works on the subject, that which this print illustrates, and Demonstrations of Anatomy: being a Guide to the Knowledge of the Human Body by Dissections (1840). George Henry Ford (1809-1876) was a South African draftsman who came to London in 1837 to work at the British Museum. He was at first primarily a drawer of animals and was responsible for the plates in Sir Andrew Smith’s Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa (1838-1847). In the present work he was responsible for every aspect of the drawing and colouring of the images on the lithographic stones used to print the illustrations. The printers, the Mintern Brothers, were based in Newport Court near Charing Cross, and are also known amongst other things for their work on John Gould’s bird lithographs.