The True Story of Smugglerius
On 12 April 1776, a man was hanged at Tyburn by order of the Court of Criminal known as the Old Bailey. The man was James Langar.
We know that most of the bodies destined to the practice of flaying, to get ecorchè, were of smugglers and men serving their sentences in forced labor camps. So, the students, who for some reason identified the body as that of a smuggler, named the anatomical model as Smugglerius in a original Neo-Latin term.
This identification of the body of a smuggler led to a series of confusions, in fact up to few years ago it was thought that Smagglerius was one of the bodies of two smugglers hanged just few days after the hanging of James Langar. Only a recent study has led to the right conclusion.
William Pink, Plaster Cast after Agostino Carlini & William Hunter bronze, 1834.
The Royal Art Academy in London.
Chapman & Hall, Plaster Cast, after 1901.
Drawing by William Linnell, 1840. Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Cast of the Dying Gaul (reduction) available on our Catalog.