One of my favourite illustrations from John Hunter's partner in anatomical study, Jan van Rymsdyk.
John Hunter was a fantastic Scottish surgeon who studied the body and shared his learning with the help of Rymsdyk who illustrated the cadavers he cut up.
While it was John’s brother, William, who became a ob/gyn to the high ranking women of Britain it was the work of John which provided the illustration of the way a baby grew and sat within a woman and changed the understanding of the internal workings of women at the time. The illustration came from a recently deceased, heavily pregnant woman - if I’m to believe what I read.
A lot of John’s preparations and the illustrations he worked on with Jan are now housed at the Hunterian museum in Scotland but you can’t beat visiting the Hunterian museum in London.