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A naked man with hemiplegia walking with a stick: (above) from the side, (below) from the front. Collotype after Eadweard Muybridge, 1887.

Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904.
Date
1887
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572329i
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"Other instances of spastic gait are seen in Plates 547 and 552. Both subjects were old hemiplegics with marked secondary contracture. In both instances the paralyzed leg is quite stiff, little or no flexion taking place at the knee. It is also noticed that the foot is here, almost or quite, raised from the ground by the enormous swaying of the trunk towards the sound side, to which additional support is given to receive the sway by means of the crutch. It is significant, therefore, that the crutch be carried on the sound side. In these figures is also seen, precisely as in typical lateral sclerosis, the exaggeration of the normal tendency of bringing the outer edge of the foot to the ground in advance of the sole. This is especially shown in the lower series of Plate 552."--Animal locomotion: the Muybridge work at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 1888, p. 119

Publication/Creation

[Philadelphia] : [University of Pennsylvania], 1887 ([Philadelphia] : [The Photo-gravure Company], 1887)

Physical description

1 print : collotype ; image 17.1 x 45.4 cm.

Lettering

Animal locomotion. ... Copyright, 1887, by Eadweard Muybridge. All rights reserved.

Notes

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

Publications note

E. Muybridge, Animal locomotion ... catalogue of plates, Philadelphia 1887, no. 552 ("Hemiplegia ; walking with cane")
Philip Brookman, Eadweard Muybridge, London 2010, p. 356 (listed as being in exhibition)

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 572329i

Lettering note

Bears plate number: 552

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