Blogs

Line drawing of the human skeleton (head and shoulders) with annotations around it in pencil.

Jean Mason Clark: an artist learning anatomy

A recently catalogued book added to the RCP library was owned by 20th century artist Jean Clark. She owned and used it in her teens and twenties as part of her artistic training in human anatomy.

Katie Birkwood
A table covered with pens, pencils and printed sheets of paper with anatomical images on them.

Cut and paste: assembling multi-layered anatomical diagrams

How were 16th century anatomical ‘flap diagrams’ assembled, and how to do they represent the human body? The RCP library has been experimenting with making its own versions of the diagrams from Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica epitome (1543).

Katie Birkwood
Title page of a book reading 'Egyptian'.

Thomas Young and the decipherment of hieroglyphics

Thomas Young, fellow of the RCP and the Royal Society, made a significant contribution to the modern deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs by examining the Rosetta Stone. His efforts were eclipsed by Jean-François Champollion.

Sarah Gillam
Digitally altered printed book text in blue and red.

New tech for old books: collating Thomas Browne

A new kind of digital collation technology is being used to compare different copies of the published works of Thomas Browne. Access to the RCP rare books and the library reading room has facilitated the use of new tools.