Dissection of a penis

    Date
    1721
    Creator
    J. C. Le Blon (1667 - 1741, German) , Printmaker
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Manuscript page number
    p114
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (paper): 240mm
    width (paper): 320mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    Colour mezzotint with etching, on a blue sheet of wove paper.

    This image comes with a legend in French and Latin, and is an illustration from William Cockburn's publication, The symptoms, nature, cause, and cure of a gonorrhoea (London, 1713). This treatise was first published anonymously, but was printed several more times in the eighteenth century with Cockburn's name.

    The image was made by the German printmaker Jakob Christoph Le Blon, who was the inventor of three- and four-colour printing, techniques that were of great interest to the Fellows of the Royal Society. The image is known by the title Préparation anatomique des parties de l'homme servant à la generation: faite sur les decouvertes les plus modernes, and was given to the Royal Society on 6 May 1731.
    Transcription
    Préparation anatomique des parties de l'homme servant à la generation: faite sur les decouvertes les plus modernes. Printed on blue paper, which prints the legends in French and English, with colour intaglio insert.
    Transcribed by the Making Visible project
    Object history
    For interest in Le Blon's technique, see Cromwell Mortimer, ‘An account of Christopher Le Bon’s principles of printing, in imitation of painting, and of weaving tapestry, in the same manner as brocades’, Phil. Trans., vol. 37, no. 419 (1731), pp. 101-07.

    For the donation, see DM/5/89.
    Related fellows
    William Cockburn (1669 - 1739, British) , Physician
    Associated place
    <The World>
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          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.16441
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