Superficial view of the arm on the inner side, with the parts undisturbed
Ellis and Ford, 1876
This is an illustration of 'The Upper Limb', from the
four-volume publication, 'Illustrations of dissections in a series
of original coloured plates the size of life, representing the
dissection of the human body', 2nd edition, published by Smith,
Elder & Company, London.
The authors were George Viner Ellis (1812-1900), Professor of
Anatomy at University College London, and George Henry Ford. The
first edition was published in 1867. As the illustration is dated 1
March 1863 it is possible these prints may have been originally
issued as single lithographs. Ford was responsible for the
illustrations and chromolithography and Ellis performed the
original dissections and edited the work ensuring accuracy - these
books were intended for use as teaching aids, the dissections
following methods practiced at University College London.
In clear detail and natural colours these illustrations
represent what the medical students should have revealed in the
actual 'practical anatomy' (dissection) room and were intended to
reinforce what they had learned there.