The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

July 10, 2013

July 10, 1806

George Stubbs (August  25, 1724 to July 10, 1806) is a famous animal artist. He painted horses and cows for prosperous English families. His paintings were like an inventory of wealth, and his style was sober and accurate, as is appropriate from one who documented bourgeois and aristocratic wealth. His painting "A Lion Attacking a Horse, 1770" is not typical according to my argument.  The accuracy of Stubbs' painting was a big component of his popularity, and ties the artist firmly into his 18th century cultural world.  A  sentimental romanticism about animals as pets was not typical of that era. It was pleasant then to find a citation for a kitten Stubbs painted. It is mentioned in The Cat in Art, by Stefano Zuffi. I have copied the portrait below and  it shares certain trademarks of Stubbs' work-- no or few people, and only the necessary landscape to avoid distraction. The painting below is titled Miss Ann White's Kitten, 1790. This calico is an oil painting on a small canvas, 10" x 12".

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