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WINSOR McCAY. Death at the Races. Pen and ink on paper. 146x311 mm; 5 3/4x12 1/4 inches, on 9 1/2x15 1/2-inch board. Signed in lower right image. Matte burn to margins and extreme edges. Nd, circa 1910.
For this work, McCay was heavily inspired by Albert Pinkham Ryder's painting, "The Race Track (Death on a Pale Horse)," circa 1896-1908 and Edward Muybridge's groundbreaking series of motion study photographs, "Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (The Horse in Motion)," 1878. Using the subject matter of Pinkham Ryder's painting and the results of Muybridge's experiment, McCay's image accurately portrays a horse at full stride. Later, in 1914 McCay used Muybridge's innovative process to help create "Gertie the Dinosaur," one of the first animated films ever made.