Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.
Search for free, downloadable images taken from our library and museum collections, including paintings, illustrations, photos and more.
A naked man riding a saddled horse jumps a hurdle. Collotype after Eadweard Muybridge, 1887.
- Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904.
- Part of
- Animal locomotion: an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements
Public Domain Mark
Selected images from this work
About this work
[Philadelphia] : [University of Pennsylvania], 1887 ([Philadelphia] : [The Photo-gravure Company], 1887)
1 print : collotype ; image 15.7 x 42.3 cm.
Animal locomotion. ... Copyright, 1887, by Eadweard Muybridge. All rights reserved.
One of 781 collotypes which form Eadweard Muybridge's magnum opus, Animal locomotion, 1887. This work originated in an attempt to settle the argument which arose in 1871 between Leland Stanford, president of the Central Pacific Railroad, and Robert Bonner, owner of the New York Ledger, as to whether a trotting horse ever had all four feet off the ground at once. Both men were prepared to enter the controversy fully and to contribute ideas and practical means to prove his side of the argument. Muybridge's solution was to photograph each stage in the trot of a horse called Occident owned by Stanford. Some of Muybridge's photographs did appear to show Occident with all four of his feet lifted at the same time clear of the ground. The research and photography for Animal Locomotion was carried out for the University of Pennsylvania in 1884-1885, using and improving the techniques developed in the 1870s. Of the 781 plates, 95 were devoted to the horse and 124 to other animals. The other 562 are devoted to men, women, and children, nude, semi-nude, and draped, walking, running, dancing, getting up and lying down, wrestling, boxing, leaping, etc. For further information see G. Hendricks, Eadweard Muybrige, London 1975, and R.B. Haas, Muybridge: man in motion, Berkeley 1976
The image sequence runs from the right to the left.
E. Muybridge, Animal locomotion: an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements. Prospectus and catalogue of plates, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1887, p. xxvii, no. 646 ("Jumping a hurdle ; saddle ; rider, 105, nude ; gray mare Pandora")
Bears plate number: 646
Wellcome Library no. 2011286i
Where to find it
Location Status AccessClosed stores