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Drawing 4: Study for Anatomical Theatre by Thomas Jefferson, c. February 1825. [Drawing 4] with link to larger version of drawing.
(The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, The Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia Library)

In support of its innovative course of study, the University's design included some very unusual buildings. Shortly before his death in 1826, Mr. Jefferson designed an Anatomical Theatre where human cadavers could be used as the basis for anatomy lessons. This building, one of only three such structures in the nation at the time, was built in 1827 and stood on the campus until it was demolished in 1938.

Questions for Drawing 4

1. What does the name "Anatomical Theatre" tell you about the way this building was used?

2. At the time, no other university campus had a building of this type. Why do you think Jefferson felt the need to build such a structure at the University of Virginia?

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