Cats

Cats. Louis Wain.
Cats
Cats
Cats
Illustrating the cat Peter, possibly drawn from Wain's own life
Cats

London: Sands & Company, [1901]. First edition. Publishers dark blue cloth over boards, front cover pictorially stamped in red, black, brown and white. [48] pages. Three-color pictorial title-page and twenty-one full page black and white drawings.A Fine copy.

This book contains several illustrations of a cat called Peter. "It is not, I think, too far-fetched to speculate that Louis Wain's having met Peter changed the course of domestic history. Certainly, the attitude of the general public towards cats, and their feeling (or otherwise) for cats was greatly affected by Louis Wain's work. Where did Peter come from? In later years Louis' sisters claimed they had given him to Louis and Emily as a wedding present. This seems unlikely, as relations were exceedingly strained at the time, unless the present was intended as a deliberate slight, in which case the result was more than ironic. On another occasion, Claire Wain said that the two youngest sisters, Felicie and herself, had given Louis 'a beautiful black and white kitten, which was very frolicsome, as a present on his twentieth birthday, and that from that time he had started drawing cats, sitting on the floor and sketching hour after hour… Wherever Peter came from, he was certainly born in 1883, and may therefore have been a belated wedding present. It was in that year that Louis first drew cats, and Emily's illness no doubt contributed to his later concentration on what eventually became an obsession" (Dale).

Dale, 31.
(Item #3805)

Price: $1,350