Reference numberMS/133
TitleAnatomical studies by Andrew van Rymsdyk, Thomas Bonnor and Jan van Rymsdyk
DescriptionGenerally, illustrations for William Hewson's "A description of the lymphatic system in the human subject, and in other animals. Illustrated with plates. Together with observations on the lymph, and the changes which it undergoes in some diseases" (London,1774). Hewson's original volume was dedicated to Benjamin Franklin.

The drawings are signed (in the case of work by Andrew van Rymsdyk) and anonymous (in work attributed to Bonnor). The published plates, engraved by Henry Adlard, credit Thomas Bonnor in these cases. The work of Andrew van Rymsdyk is not recognized on the engraved plates.

These illustrations appear in Hewson's work as the main plate figures, although supplementary detail drawing are absent from this set of originals. The final drawing in the volume, intialled 'J V R' is not part of the main series and is earlier in date (1768 rather than 1773).
Extent1 volume of 7 items, MS Very Large
FormatChalk and watercolour on paper
Physical descriptionHalf bound in black leather, green and black marbled paper boards. Gilt labels on the front board give details of title and presentation: 'The original illustrations to Hewson's work on the lymphatic system'; and 'Presented to the Royal Society by Addinell Hewson M.D., of Philadelphia 1888.'
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyThomas Bonnor (c.1743-c.1807) was primarily a topographical artist, best known for illustrating county histories of Somerset, Gloucestershire and Devonshire. Andrew van Rymsdyk (1753/4-1786) was the son of the medical artist Jan van Rymsdyk (d.1790). His surviving work is generally in the fields of portraiture and miniature painting.
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Turning the Pages
Fellows associated with this archive
NA5168Hewson; William (1739 - 1774); surgeon and anatomist1739 - 1774
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