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antique anatomical poster, life size medical illustration from Europe, circa 1850s
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I came across this wonderful antique educational poster during my last trip to the Netherlands. This is a life-size doweled poster that would look absolutely stunning in your living room, office or studio.

The illustration itself appears to be an intaglio print that has then been hand-tinted in red and blue to indicate the vascular system. Given the limitations of printing press sizes, the overall images has been pieces together from several strips. The areas where those align is usually a little off but given the level of detail in this illustration, it doesn't detract from the overall image.

There is no attribution as to who the illustrator, printer or publisher is but based on the style and where I found it, I suspect it's either English or German.

The dowels are ebonized wood and quite charming with its turned ends. The linen-backed paper is held in place with pins and the top dowel is missing a loop so you'd want to add a ribbon or string in order to hang it.

The paper itself has some damage as shown in the photos. The edges are a bit frayed and there is some possible insect damage and water stains. Given that it's roughly 150 years old, I think this only adds to its charm and history.

Size: 28" wide x 71" tall, with dowels 32" wide x 72.5" tall

Truly an exceptional, and quite rare, find!

NOTE: If you'd like to see any specific details, simply let me know and I'll email you additional photos!

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RESERVED for K. antique anatomical poster, life size medical illustration from Europe, circa 1850s


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: paper, linen, wood
  • Only ships within United States.
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