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An image of Animal Locomotion - An Electrophotographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements. Plate 291. Cricket, batting and drive [Vol. 2 Males (nude)] by Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge

(England, United States of America, England 1830 – 1904)

Title
Animal Locomotion - An Electrophotographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements. Plate 291. Cricket, batting and drive [Vol. 2 Males (nude)]
Year
1885-1886
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
collotype plate
Dimensions

19.4 x 39.0 cm image; 48.5 x 61.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated
Credit
Purchased 1989
Accession number
236.1989.1
Location
Not on display
Further information

Muybridge was a pioneer in the advancement of photography and the development of the moving picture. Studies of movement became a widespread fascination later in the nineteenth century and improvements in photographic techniques allowed for a lower exposure time making these studies feasible. Having started his investigations in the 1870s, 'Animal Locomotion' is Muybridge's greatest work taking from 1884 to 1886 to complete. It contains 781 plates of animal and human movement for scientific and artistic purposes.

'Mr. Muybridge is not only an original but a daring man. He has smitten one of the gods of British ideology. Not the least instructive part of his lecture was his contrast between the positions of animals as shown in ancient or modern art with their true positions as shown by themselves in presence of the camera'. G.A. Sala, 'Tribune', New York, 24 June 1882.

Bibliography (1)

Hugh Stokes (Editor), The master etchers: Charles Meryon, London, 42. cat.no. 94

Exhibition history (2)

Selected recent acquisitions, 1989, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Sep 1989–17 Dec 1989

International Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jan 1991–14 Apr 1991