Walking with a bucket in mouth; light-gray horse, plate 650 from Animal Locomotion

Walking with a bucket in mouth; light-gray horse, plate 650 from Animal Locomotion

1872-85, Publication Date: 1887
Artist
Eadweard Muybridge, American, British, 1830-1904
Born: London, England
Work Locations: San Francisco, CA, Panama, Philadelphia, PA
photograph, photomechanical print
Collotype
Gift of Frederic H. Douglas
1956.88.680

Eadweard Muybridge, Plate 650 from Animal Locomotion, 1880s. Collotype; 13 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Frederic H. Douglas, 1956.88.680 

Dimensions
image height: 13 3/4 in, 34.9250 cm; image width: 19 5/8 in, 49.8475 cm; sheet height: 19 in, 48.2600 cm; sheet width: 24 1/4 in, 61.5950 cm
Inscription
in center below image "ANIMAL LOCOMOTION. PLATE NO. 650"; "Copyright 1887, by EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE. All rights reserved."
Department
Photography
Collection
Photography

For this picture, Eadweard Muybridge lined up a dozen cameras along a path so the horse would trip each shutter as it walked by. Later in his career, Muybridge cut photographs like this into strips and mounted them on the outside of a rotating drum. If you looked through a slit while the drum was spinning, you would actually see the horse ‘walk.’ Because of these innovations, today Muybridge is recognized as a grandfather of the movies.

Exhibition History
  • "Exposure: Photos from the Vault"—Denver Art Museum, 4/30/2010 - 10/31/2010
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017