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mahendra singh

A very acute observation, something I've also noticed in Victorian illo styles.

I think it is because these artists were preoccupied with drawing exactly what was happening in a theoretical sense. Optically, the bicyclist would have been semi-blurred and the artist's eyes would have seen that, but metaphysically, he is frozen in time, the Object of Observation. This is illustration as a sort of drama, perhaps?

And the Victorians relished precise observation! Eadward Muybridge is a classic example of their obsession with this exactitude.

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I agree with mahendra singh statement that the Victorians relished precise observation! Eadward Muybridge is a classic example of their obsession with this exactitude.
True...

John Ptak

Thanks Mahendra for your thoughtful comment. It may have been a moment-time-time drama, but a cold one, with everyone seeming to be very separate, withdrawn, even when in a crowd. There was a certain lifelessness there, at least to me.

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