Arnaud Éloi Gautier-d'Agoty (d. 1771).
Cours complet d'anatomie peint et gravé en couleurs naturelles.
Nancy: J. B. H. Leclerc, 1773
Print Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library
The best examples
of anatomic illustration in the eighteenth century demonstrate the gradual
progress in engraving from the Osteographia of William Cheselden
to William Hunter's Gravid Uterus and the works of Sömmerring
and Albinus. Colored copperplates were introduced in the early part of
the eighteenth century by Jacques-Christophe Le Blon (16671741).
But it was his assistant, Arnaud Éloi Gautier-d'Agoty, who
first printed anatomical plates in color on a large scale. But Gautier-d'Agoty's
striking mezzotints tended to be a little too artistic and fuzzy for serious
anatomic illustration. The technique was not really suitable for accurate