|Artist||Edward Mitchell after Robert Kaye Greville|
|Published||Edinburgh: Printed for MacLachlan and Stewart, and Baldwin, Cradock, an75d Joy London, 1824.|
|Dimensions||Image 220 x 160 mm, Plate 275 x 195mm, Sheet 292 x 228 mm|
An illustration an elephant skeleton with a human skeleton rider from John Barclay's A Series of Engravings of the Human Skeleton, MacLachlan and Stewart, Edinburgh, 1824. The elephant skeleton was part of Barclay's own anatomical collection, and is now in the collection of the Surgeons' Hall Museums in Edinburgh.
Edward Mitchell (fl. 1797-1845) was an Edinburgh engraver and occasional publisher. He wrote numerous treatises on anatomy and produced over 200 engraved anatomy plates.
Dr. Robert Kaye Greville (1794-1866) was a British polymath, best known for his biological, botanical, and mycological works, but also for a number of pamphlets in support of abolitionist causes and the temperance movement. He was a talented natural history artist, and turned to painting later in life to supplement his income.
John Barclay FRSE FRCPE FRCSE FLS MWS (1758-1826) was a comparative anatomist and lecturer. Born in Cairn, Perthshire, Barclay initially studied theology at St. Andrew's and served served as a minister before going on to Edinburgh to study medicine Edinburgh. Barclay went on to study anatomy under Andrew Marshall in London before moving back to Edinburgh where he set himself up as an extramural lecturer in anatomy. His classes gradually grew in reputation and in 1804 he was formally recognised as a lecturer on anatomy and surgery by the Edinburgh College of Surgeons, and in 1806 he became a fellow of the Edinburgh College of Physicians.
Condition: Ink staining to edges of plate. Minor time toning to edges of sheet.