Color plate by Jacques Gautier d'Agoty, showing some of the muscles of the head. Part of a series of illustrations from Myologie complete en couleur et grandeur naturelle (1746) with texts by French physician and anatomist Guichard Joseph Duverney, 1746
Jacques Fabien Gautier d'Agoty (1716–1785) was a French anatomist, painter and printmaker.
D'Agoty was born in Marseille, and became a pupil of the painter and engraver Jacob Christoph Le Blon, with whom he became a rival for title of the invention of a method of an color-printing method based on etching and mezzotint engraving. He later exploited this process with his four sons: it is significant that he published a journal that included color printed images.
Philip Ball, Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2001, p. 276.
Bamber Gascoigne, Milestones in colour printing (1457-1859), Cambridge University press, 1997, p. 12
John Gorton, A General Biographical Dictionary, Henry G. Bohn, London, vol II, 1851.
Arthur M. Hind, A History of Engraving and Etching. From the 15th Century to the year 1914. Being the Third and Fully Revised Edition of "A Short History of Engraving and Etching", Dover, New York, 1963, p. 309.