Thought i'd just share a few drawings from this visit we made to the anatomy museum. It was incredible to see all the bits of bodies in jars and an entire sliced up man. There was also a full set of new-born baby's bones all neatly laid out. Quite gruesome.
Photography is not allowed and neither is ink or charcoal or pastel (got to respect the bits of bodies/preserve them!) so we were let loose with our pencils and paper.
I only lasted 90 minutes drawing in there until I was well and truly scunnered.
|The 'inguinal region'. I'm calling it that from now on.|
|A womb! With a tiny embryo in it!|
|A slice of man|
The story of Bowed Joseph was fascinating. He sounded like the police's worst nightmare. Something to take away from this: don't make the police's life hard or they'll hand your rickety skeleton in a box to be gawked at by medical/art students.
"Joseph Smith otherwise known as "Bowed Joseph" or General "Bowed Joseph" was a cobbler who lived in the Cowgate. He was severely deformed by rickets but had very muscular arms. He was a force to be reckoned with in the mid-18th century as was used by the City Council to settle the grievances of the Edinburgh citizens as he was able to control the crowds whether it be to collect a crowd to do his bidding or to disperse a crowd after acting as a negotiator and always managed to obtain a hogshead of ale to appease his followers.
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