William Hunter's Anatomical Figure

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William Hunter’s Anatomical Figure

Nearly 300 years ago William Hunter, the founder of our museum, was a famous doctor and teacher of medicine. This wax statuette was made by a Danish sculptor called Michael Henry Spang. It is a smaller version of a figure of a real man cast in plaster by William Hunter to use for teaching in London around 1753. It shows a man without any skin so that artists and medical students can study the muscles that are under the skin. William Hunter made many bronze copies of his anatomical figure so that artists had a portable model to carry around with them, and this helped to make him famous across Europe.

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