The Hand of the Artist

The Hand of the Artist is a 1906 British short silent animated comedy film, directed by Walter R. Booth, featuring the director's hand bringing to life photographic images of a young man and woman only for each sequence to end in them being crumpled up. The film features early use of stop action[1] to achieve its effect and had been described as the first British animated film.[2] It survives as part of the Corrick Collection of the Corrick family entertainers who toured Australia and the world between 1901 and 1914.[3][4]

The Hand of the Artist
Screenshot from the film
Directed byWalter R. Booth
Charles Urban Trading Company
Release date
  • April 1906 (1906-04)
Running time
8 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom


  1. ^ Crafton, Donald (April 2015). Before Mickey: The Animated Film 1898-1928. ISBN 9780226231020.
  2. ^ McKernan, Luke. "Booth, W.R. (1869-1938)". BFI Screenonlinee. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  3. ^ Lewis, Leslie. "The Hand of the Artist". Australian Screen. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  4. ^ "The Hand of the Artist". BFI Film & TV Database. Retrieved 24 April 2011.

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