A horse skeleton in Eadweard Muybridge’s “The Attitudes of Animals in Motion” (1881). Muybridge posed and photographed a skeleton then projected the series of images from a Zoopraxiscope disc, which makes this possibly the earliest instance of stop-gap animation.
More Muybridge, it’s surprising and very rewarding how many of these sequential equestrian photographs are out there when you start keeping an eye out for them. The seventh shot is my favourite, at once elegant and ever so slightly awkward.
Eadweard Muybridge (1830 - 1904) was a pioneer in his field, developing a technique of multiple cameras to capture movement of human and animal models at various stages in their stride, or whatever requested action was acted out before his array of equipment. Horses were a favoured topic, being of such importance to daily life at the time. This grey mare was named Pandora.