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Double amputation of thighs; boy

1887 (photographed)

19thC; Muybridge E, Boy without legs gets on & off chair

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  • Double amputation of thighs; boy (generic title)
  • Animal Locomotion (plate 538) (series title)
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Brief description
19thC; Muybridge E, Boy without legs gets on & off chair
  • Height: 34.5cm
  • Width: 49.5cm
Object history
Eadweard Muybridge is most famous for his split-second studies of motion which began in 1872 with an attempt to capture the movement of a galloping horse. By 1877 he had developed a technique to place 12 cameras in a row to capture each stage of the horse’s movement. His books Animal Locomotion and The Human Figure in Motion made systematic studies of movement, and inspired artists in the twentieth century such as Francis Bacon. Later Muybridge experimented with a device to create moving images from still photographs, making him a pioneer of cinematography.
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Record createdJuly 28, 2003
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