Author: Joseph Guichard Duverney (French, 1648–1730)
Artist: Jacques Fabien Gautier Dagoty (French, Marseille 1716–1785 Paris)
Publisher: Gautier (Paris)
Medium: Book with color mezzotints
Dimensions: 22 1/16 × 15 9/16 × 1 3/16 in. (56 × 39.5 × 3 cm)
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928
Accession Number: 28.52.2
Jacques-Fabien Gautier-Dagoty received a royal license for his technique of four-plate color printing in mezzotint, a process closely derived from the three-plate method of his teacher, Jacob Christoph Le Blon (to which Gautier-Dagoty added a plate printed in black or brown). Although he also made prints that reproduced paintings or depicted notable figures, Gautier-Dagoty's special interests lay in anatomy, botany, and zoology—fields that would be revolutionized by the publication of accurate color illustrations. He founded the first French illustrated scientific journal, and prepared large-scale publications such as Myologie complète en couleur et grandeur naturelle a treatise on the anatomy of muscles.