Sunday, February 05, 2012

Two people in Muybridge view No. 728/729

From: "Be-hold"

[In] the Muybridge view No. [728], "Boca and Crossing of the Little Truckee River." The two people in the foreground seem important. Do you know who they are? ...

Unfortunately they are turned away from the camera, though there's a reasonably good profile of the guy on the right (with a stripe on his pants.) Can't tell what they are holding.

—Larry Gottheim

Note: There seems to be some confusion about view numbering; the question is about the first [#728] image detail below [click each detail view to see the full image]:

Muybridge stereoview #728, detail
Muybridge stereoview #728, detail, "Boca and crossing of the little Truckee from the West. Mount Davidson in the distance."

Muybridge stereoview #729, detail
Muybridge stereoview #729, detail. "Lake Boca, Little Truckee River, looking North."


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Are we looking at different stereoviews, or are there multiple negatives (as is not that unusual)?

2/05/2012 6:22 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Be-hold"

Very interesting. Just to double check, mine is number 728 on Muybridge's yellow "Central Pacific Railroad" mount. I found the very same view on your website, when I searched on "Boca and Crossing of the Little Truckee." However in the [729] view ... there are the same two people. If that has the same number, then there are multiple negatives.

But still, those mystery men are featured in both variants.


2/05/2012 6:26 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

OK, so it is #728 that you are asking about.

2/05/2012 6:35 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kyle K. Wyatt"

Your close-up is from Muybridge #728 – different people than those appearing in Muybridge #729.

None look like Muybridge. See a selection of portraits at THE COMPLEAT EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE: STUDIO PORTRAITS.

Perhaps the two in #728 are assistants to Muybridge. The two in #729 may be packers. Granted, this is all speculation.

Muybridge himself may be the man on the left in #719 in front of the snowshed, possibly with an assistant on the right. In #720 it may be two assistants (including the one in #719).

—Kyle Wyatt

2/06/2012 3:34 AM  

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