Art and anatomy: life drawing at the Royal College of Physicians

22 Feb 2018

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00

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£25 book via the website at

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Royal College of Physicians Museum

London, United Kingdom


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Join the Royal College of Physicians and London Drawing for a unique creative anatomy life drawing workshop, combining work from a live model with inspiration from some of the most famous and rare anatomical studies ever created.


This special event is presented as part of the Royal College of Physicians' 500th anniversary celebrations and takes place alongside the museum’s current exhibition ‘Ceaseless motion: William Harvey’s experiments in circulation’. A dissection of the life, works and legacy of one of history’s most famous anatomists, the man who put the heart at the centre of human life.  

Participants will have the opportunity to draw from the flesh with a live model, exploring the fabric of the human body from the inside out using a range of fun and imaginative drawing processes.

Creative stimulus also comes in the form of the Royal College of Physicians’ remarkable archives, stretching back across the centuries. Class members will have access to original iconic illustrations by anatomists and physicians especially on display for the event.  View dramatic 16th century woodcuts showing the muscles of the body by Andreas Vesalius, the father of modern anatomy. See breath-taking works Matthew Baillie and William Hunter, whose collection became Glasgow’s renowned museum.

Throughout the evening members of the Royal College of Physicians Museum team will be on hand with expert insight and knowledge, providing a truly special perspective.

Bringing together the science and skill of anatomy with the art of drawing, this unmissable event is a must for anyone with an interest in life drawing and the anatomy of life itself.
Suitable for all levels of ability. Booking is essential as places are extremely limited.

Ticket price includes a drinks reception and all materials for the class. The exhibition ‘Ceaseless motion: William Harvey's experiments in circulation’ will also be open for viewing on the evening until 8.30pm.

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