Anatomy of the male torso. Francis Sibson, 1860s.
This is one of the original drawings for Francis Sibson’s book Medical anatomy, or, Illustrations of the relative position and movements of the internal organs. A dissected body on the dissecting table is depicted in pencil and watercolour. You can see through the ribs to the lungs and other internal organs.
Sibson has included facial features and hair, creating a vivid image of an autopsy, and a portrait of a real body. The original drawing is more individualised and personal than the simplified version that appeared in the published book (shown below).
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Anatomy of the male torso, in Medical anatomy, or, Illustrations of the relative position and movements of the internal organs. Francis Sibson, published London, 1869.
Sibson has shown the same body twice: with the lungs in their natural position and with the lungs inflated through a tube inserted into the neck.
Together, these drawings illustrate the constant movement of air in and out of the chest cavity during life. They show how the position of the lungs – and all the organs beneath including the spleen, kidney and intestines – change as we breathe.
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