Bronze male anatomical figure on a marble stand, 1750-1800.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
This is an ecorche, a sculpture designed to show the muscles of the body without skin. It illustrates the male anatomy and is English, following the design of Spang. A similar figure is shown being held by the anatomist William Hunter (1718-1783) in a portrait from 1769. Dimensions: height 275mm; base 35 x 116 x 93mm.