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 18, 2016

April 18, 1906

Carl Kahler was born in Linz, Austria in 1855. He gained fame as an animal artist. According to one site

He.... traveled to Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Vienna, Australia and ...[had] a studio in NYC in 1891 where he was a ... New York society favorite for his pet portraits. Kahler also came to San Francisco ... and opened a studio there. Kahler would paint portraits of people and pets. He was well known for his cat paintings. He was an “erratic genius” who would destroy his paintings or leave them unfinished if he lost interest.

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Some reports indicate Kahler died in the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. That event began on April 18 of the year.

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