These illustrations by Jacques Fabien Gautier d'Agoty are part of a collection which is to be auctioned off at Christie's in New York on October 5th.
The auction, which is called Anatomy as Art: The Dean Endell Medical Collection, has 229 lots, including the first edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica, by Andreas Vesalius, estimated at $200,000- $300,000. The illustrations above are from lots 85 and 91, which together have estimates of $80,000- $120,000.
(Via Morbid Anatomy)
You know, I had an odd moment at one of the museums I visited in London - I think it was the Wellcome. They had an original d'Agoty painting - not a print - and I wasn't impressed. I think something about the texture of the engraving and the patina of the coloration process really adds to the power of his work. As a painting, it just wasn't as luminous. Either that, or perhaps it was an early painting/not one of his best. . .