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Drawings and Water Colours / WD10

Study of an exhumed corpse

Artist/Maker: Anonymous,

Watercolour and ink on cream laid paper

179 x 75 mm.
Bequest: George Powell 1882

Mounted together with WD9, WD7 and WD8 all of which are other studies of exhumed corpses. These are possibly studies by or studies after work by French artist Jacques Hippolyte van der Burch (1786-1856) procduced as a series of chromolithograph illustrations for the 1831 treatise on the subject of exhumation and decomposition by Mathieu J. B. Orfila, MD (1787-1853) and Octave Lesueur, MD (1802-1860) titled 'Traité des exhumations juridiques'. [Treatise on legal exhumations, and considerations on the physical transformations undergone by cadavers rotting in the earth, in water, in toilets and in manure]

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