Artist William Cheselden • Birth ♎Tue 19 Oct 1688 (63 years, 5 months, 22 days, 23183 living days) • R.I.P. Mon 10 Apr 1752 (333 years, 8 months, 10 days, 121878 total living and posthumous days)
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William Cheselden was an English surgeon and teacher of anatomy and surgery, who was influential in establishing surgery as a scientific medical profession. Via the medical missionary Benjamin Hobson, his work also helped revolutionize medical practices in China and Japan in the 19th century.

In 1733 he published Osteographia or the Anatomy of Bones, the first full and accurate description of the anatomy of the human skeletal system.

See it Historical Anatomies Home on the Web, bio anté (French) and The Public Domain Reviews.

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See it also here (NB! Loading a couple of minutes to the site, ~150 MB) or you can of course buy it. Author has written plate 36 (Table XXXVI) on number 0125, 0126 and 0202. There are three numbers:

  • one with the text “THE fide view of the fceleton…” (0125)
  • the other is skeleton with letters (0126)
  • the third and last one is without letters (0202)



THE fide view of the fceleton of a very robust man, put into this attitude to represent the figure in a larger fcale.

A The bones of the cranium.
B The bones of the face.
C The jaws.
D The spinal processes of a vertebræ of the neck.
E Scapula.
F F Os humeri.
G G Radius & ulna.
H The bones of the hand.
I The ribs.
K The cartilages of the sternum.
L The spinal processes of the vertebræ of the loins.
M M Os innominatum.
N Os facrum.
O Os femoris.
P Patella.
Q Tibia and fibula.
R The bones of the feet.



Long after he died, a band named Cirith Ungol, it gives the logo “Praying Skeleton” 1977 until now. See the logos here in this site.


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