New York, New York: Edward Muggeridge arrives in 1850

The Transatlantic Steam Ship Liverpool. Library of Congress

Lithograph by H. R. Robinson.

Just as my chronology gets into print, it needs updating. And it’s an important date change, too. It’s always said that Muybridge first went to America in 1851 or ‘52. In the 1960s-70s his biographer Gordon Hendricks tried to find him on ships’ lists for 1852, but without success.

Departure of an Emigrant Ship from Liverpool for America. Illustrated London News

Illustrated London News, 6 July 1850

This morning, I found him. It’s so much easier now of course, having access to digital records. I have searched before without luck, but I searched yet again, and there he was.

Edwd. Muggeridge, age 20, Merchant. He left Liverpool on the eponymous steam ship Liverpool in the summer of 1850, arriving in New York on or shortly before 16th July.

The steam ship Liverpool had made its first transatlantic voyage from England to the United States in October 1838. In July 1850, while Muybridge was mid-Atlantic, the Illustrated London News published engravings showing what such a trip entailed.

Between decks on an emigrant ship. Illustrated London News

Muybridge would most likely have travelled steerage class, with all of its discomforts. But perhaps he enjoyed some fun, too, and joined in the dancing (see below). Four hundred and seventeen passengers left Liverpool, 414 arrived in New York, three having died during the voyage. Master of the Liverpool was John Eldridge, who had been at sea since the age of twelve, and was responsible for registering the passengers’ names on arrival.

Dancing on an Emigrant Ship. Illustrated London News

So it seems that Muybridge never did see the Great Exhibition of 1851, being already established in New York by that time.

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New book from Taschen!

Well I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s in print. With all of the Animal Locomotion plates, and the complete (previously unpublished) Attitudes of Animals in Motion album, its evidently a substantial tome!

Eadweard Muybridge, The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs.
Eadweard Muybridge, Hans Christian Adam
Hardcover, 33.2 x 24.3 cm (13.1 x 9.6 in.), 804 pages
(44.99 Pounds)
ISBN: 978-3-8365-0941-1

Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Details from

Life in motion – The forerunner of the moving image

This resplendent book traces the life and work of Muybridge, from his early thinking about anatomy and movement to his latest photographic experiments. The complete 781 plates of Muybridge’s groundbreaking Animal Locomotion (1887) are reproduced here. In addition, Muybridge’s handmade and extremely rare first illustrated album, The Attitudes of Animals in Motion (1881) is reproduced in its entirety. A detailed chronology by British researcher Stephen Herbert throws new light on one of the most important pioneers of photography.

Hans Christian Adam  studied psychology, art history and communication in Vienna. As a specialist in historical images, he has published numerous articles and books, including titles on travel and war photography. He is the author of TASCHEN’s Edward Sheriff Curtis: The North American Indian, Karl Blossfeldt, Eugene Atget: Paris and Berlin, Portrait of a City.

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Piercy Conner: Muybridge design for 2012 Olympic Village

Piercy Conner design

‘Muybridge’ mould ready for the precast concrete to be cast

The running man pattern on Piercy Conner’s facade for the 2012 Olympic Athletes Village was developed by ‘re-animating’ Muybridge’s photographs before capturing the individual frames to form an intricate pattern. This pattern is reproduced as fine grooves in the concrete cladding panels.

linear representation of the movement

Original sequence from Animal Locomotion

Piercy Conner Architects & Designers, London.

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