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Degas' interest in horses is evidenced by his numerous paintings with racecourse subjects, such as the Barber's magnificent 'Jockeys Before the Race' made between 1878 and 1879. This model may have been inspired by a photograph of 'The Trot' by Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904), the pioneering English photographer of animal locomotion, first published in France in 1881. This cast is one of 22 made posthumously from the cast of a wax model.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts



late 1880s




H 22.5 x W 22.2 x D (?) cm

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purchased from Alex Reid & Lefèvre Ltd., 1950

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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