Title
Horse in Motion
Artist
Sherry Wolfenbarger Cagan (U.S.A., b. 1959)
Date
2007
Media
Bronze
Credit Line
Donated by the Cagan family
Title
Untitled (Sherwood)
Artist
Unknown
Date
c. 1870
Media
Bronze
Credit Line
Donated by Mr. Timothy Hopkins

Sherry Wolfenbarger Cagan, artist and World Champion Equestrian, created the vividly realistic Horse in Motion to commemorate the photographs commissioned by Leland Stanford and taken by Eadweard Muybridge to establish whether or not a horse has an airborne moment during its gait. A demonstration in 1878 at the Palo Alto Stock Farm with Stanford’s prize trotting horse, Abe Edgington, laid the question to rest (yes, a horse is completely aloft at a point in the middle of its gait), and produced a series of time-lapse photographs that was the forerunner to the motion picture.

The bronze statue of an Arabian horse with a plaque that reads “Sherwood” marks the burial place of a number of Leland Stanford’s most esteemed trotters. California Governor Milton S. Latham purchased the statue in 1872 in Paris and brought it to his Menlo Park estate, which was later purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hopkins. They named the estate Sherwood Lodge (Sherwood was Mrs. Hopkins’ maiden name) and installed the plaque on the statute. Timothy Hopkins, one of Stanford’s earliest trustees, inherited the estate and donated the statue to the University in 1926.