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.

April 11, 2016

April 11, 1893

John Northcote Nash (April 11, 1893 to September 23, 1977) is a British painter. Nash, the son of a barrister, is honored for his landscapes.  This example is at the Tate

His cat pictures are also really memorable.

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One book on him, John Nash, (1983) by John Rothenstein, evokes a domestic peace which we see in his work also:

[T]he Nashes at Monks' Risborough...[exhibit] the simple pleasure they...[derived] from each other's company: Christine and the cats stayed indoors; she was curled up sewing and each of the cats sat [nearby.]

Laura Vocelle, is a fellow cat blogger (She had the great idea of making cat coloring books which should be pretty popular about now.) Her post on Nash mentions that all of the cat pictures John Nash did, were wood engravings, and most pictured cats asleep.

John Nash was awarded a CBE in 1964. He died shortly after his wife did.

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