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  • Photograph
    Muybridge, Eadweard, born 1830 - died 1904
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  • Place of origin:

    Pennsylvania (photographed)

  • Date:

    1887 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Muybridge, Eadweard, born 1830 - died 1904 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bought by subscription

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122c, case 2

Object Type
This sequence of photographs is one plate out of 781 that form Eadweard Muybridge's series Animal Locomotion, published by the University of Pennsylvania, USA, in 1887.

Ownership & Use
The South Kensington Museum (later the V&A) subscribed to Animal Locomotion at the time it was produced. Subscribers guaranteed an initial number of sales of an expensive work, thus ensuring that a publication was viable before production began. They included scientists and artists, as well as museums.

Eadweard Muybridge was the name adopted by the photographer Edward James Muggeridge (1830-1904). He was of British origin but lived and worked mostly in California, USA. He was already well known for his landscape views of the American West before making his famous series Animal Locomotion. He is also remembered today for his eventful personal life: in 1874 he shot dead the lover of his wife, was arrested, charged, imprisoned, brought to trial and finally acquitted.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Pennsylvania (photographed)


1887 (made)


Muybridge, Eadweard, born 1830 - died 1904 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 214 mm image, Width: 353 mm image, Height: 380 mm sheet, Width: 495 mm sheet

Object history note

Taken in Pennsylvania, U.S.A, by Eadweard Muybridge (born in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey,1830, died there, 1904)

Descriptive line

Animal locomotion - man taking off his boater

Labels and date

British Galleries:
THREE PHOTOGRAPHS from the series 'Animal Locomotion'

The photographer Eadweard Muybridge became famous for using photographs to demonstrate how horses gallop with all four feet simultaneously off the ground. His experiments became the focus of artistic and scientific debate around the world and anticipated cinema. He worked outdoors for maximum light, using the most rapid available negatives, claiming exposures of 1/1000 of a second. [27/03/2003]






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