Good post from Charles Saumarez Smith’s blog on the crucified figure of James Legg who was hanged in 1802, and then became the subject of an R.A. dispute.
Photo and extract from his blog.
“The work was produced as a result of an argument between Benjamin West, the then President of the Royal Academy, Thomas Banks, the sculptor, and Richard Cosway, the miniature painter as to what a crucified figure looked like in its anatomy. They commissioned Joseph Constantine Carpue, a surgeon, to acquire a corpse, so they could find out. He acquired the corpse of Legg who was hanged on 2 November 1802, the body was cast by Thomas Banks shortly thereafter, and has been used to teach students in the RA Schools ever since.”
Now I knew nothing about this piece of anatomical art….