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Print, Zoetrope Strip, Dancers

This is a Print. It is dated ca. 1860 and we acquired it in 1958. Its medium is lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Before cinematography, the zoetrope was a popular 19th-century amusement that created the illusion of motion. Similar to the effect of a flipbook, each of the sequenced images on this strip would appear in rapid succession, forming a scene of fluid motion when viewed through a cylindrical spinning zoetrope.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. E. Henry Harriman.

Its dimensions are

8.3 × 84.3 cm (3 1/4 × 33 3/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Print, Zoetrope Strip, Dancers; lithograph on paper; 8.3 × 84.3 cm (3 1/4 × 33 3/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. E. Henry Harriman; 1958-46-1-b

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