Notice of ‘The late Sarti's new Florentine anatomical model’ exhibit, Boston, England, c. 1854

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1850-1859 in Boston
printer:
Joshua Beverley

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Printed Notice: The Late Sarti's New Florentine Anatomical Model .... Now open at the Assembly Rooms, Boston [Lincolnshire]. c.1854. Printed by Joshua Beverley, Market-place, Boston. overall: 52.5x27.2cm

The exhibition of a female anatomical figure made from wax at Boston, Lincolnshire, England, was used to educate the general public. Admission cost 1 shilling. The model could be taken apart to show the internal organs and muscles. The organs were modelled to show different things; for instance the liver showed “the effects produced by Intemperance and Excesses in Eating”. The lectures aimed to help women take better care of the sick.

“Know Thyself” was a common phrase associated with the exhibition of anatomical wax, again reinforcing the educational benefit. But there was some controversy over the display, especially as the models were shown naked. For this reason men and women had different viewing days. The wax model was created by Antonio Sarti (d. 1851), who opened a public anatomical wax museum in London in 1839.

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Category:
Art
Object Number:
1985-1134
Measurements:
overall (w / lining): 525 mm x 270 mm
overall (primary support): 508 mm x 254 mm
type:
notice
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment
credit:
Delehar, P.

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