Jacques-Fabien Gautier-Dagoty (French, 1716–1785) after Joseph Guichard Duverney (French, 1648–1730)
Plate 4 of Myologie complète en coleur et grandeur naturelle
Multiple-plate color mezzotint
Plate: 16 3/8 x 12 3/4 in. (41.6 x 32.4 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928 (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 celebrities, Gautier-Dagoty's special interests lay in anatomy, botany, and zoologyfields 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 from which these views of the human head are taken.