Lot Details

Eadweard Muybridge, Plate 581 from Animal Locomotion (Nude male riding bareback on Dapple Gray horse), 1887. Vintage Collotype, 7 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches (19.4 x 39.7 cm); sheet size is 18 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches (47.6 x 60.3 cm).

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 subjects movement. A total of 781 plates with subjects including men, women, children, birds and animals comprised the complete series.

The Collotype process was used between 1870 and 1920. Typically a glass plate was coated with sensitised gelatin and exposed under a negative. Light passing through the negative would harden the gelatin on the glass plate. The unexposed gelatin would absorb the water when washed and the exposed gelatin would repel it. The washed glass plate would then be coated with ink, adhering to the exposed gelatin and printed onto fine paper.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Other area
Location: Overall
Notes: A few small areas of foxing toward bottom edge of sheet - not affecting image.
Degree: Minor
Surface Soiling / Requires Cleaning
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: Some light soiling on sheet margin, not affecting image.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 7.63 x 15.63 in. (19.38 x 39.7 cm.)
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