Murderer, ex athlete and photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge around 1880

To give paint the picture of the life and times of Eadweard Muybridge there is no better story that a simple chronology of his life – one that reveals much about a man of many identities:

1830                       9th April, born in Kingston upon Thames, England.Christened Edward James Muggeridge.

Early 1850s-65   after arriving in America his names appears as both Muggride and Muygridge

From 1865           subsequently revised name to Muybridge

1868-72                publishes work under the professional name Helios

1875                       escaping after being acquitted for murder, moves to Central America and adopts the name Eduardo Santiago Muybridge

1881                       inspired by the names of Saxon kings on the coronation stone in Kingston, changed his first name to Eadweard

1883                       unspecified university apparently confers title of Professor Muybridge on him

1885-7                   in the prospectus of Animal Locomotion he identifies himself as ‘Model 95: an ex-athlete, aged about sixty’

1904                       final variant of his names appears on his memorial stone as Eadweard Muybridge

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