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.

August 19, 2013

August 19, 1944

Larry Ellison was born August 19, 1944, and is now the sixth wealthiest man in the world. Much of this money comes from his Oracle stock, the profits from the tech company he co-founded. Oracle makes hardware, think servers, and also database management software. What do you do with money like that? You buy an Hawaiian island. Lanai is the sixth largest island; Ellison bought it in 2012. And you buy art. His collection is rarely available to the public, but the summer of 2013, he loaned some pieces to the Asian Art Museum, in San Francisco. The event: In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection, included this masterpiece from 18th century Japan.

The artist of this cat is Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795) and it is dated to 1779.
"Tigers in a Landscape" is part of a set of hanging scrolls, created during
the Edo period (1615-1868)

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