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0, 0 - LOUIS WAIN, (ENGLISH 1860-1939) FRAMED ORIGINAL CHARMING PEN AND INK DRAWING OF A CAT, LAVISHLY SIGNED IN FULL ¿LOUIS WAIN¿ A STUNNING DRAWING OF A CAT¿S FACE WITH AN EXPRESSION OF SURPRISE, FRAMED TO A COMPLETED SIZE OF: 15¿ X 14¿ THE ART IS IN FINE CONDITION AND WAS CUSTOM MATTED, FRAMED AND GLAZED. A VERY STUNNING PIECE! A rare beautiful original Louis Wain drawing in pen and ink, of a cat with a lovely look of surprise on his face. Signed to the front, lower left by Louis Wain. The page is toned with light creasing and a few tiny stain dots. The art was custom double matted, framed and glazed and is presented in a natural light maple wood frame, with a deeply beveled mat, framed using all archival materials and UV glass. The art is signed in full signature by Louis Wain as ¿Louis Wain¿ lower left. Wain has a very distinctive artistic style capturing incredible emotions in his highly detailed cat drawing. Provenance: The sketch was acquired by a premier London auction house who vetted the art. A copy of the lot description showing both the purchase, along with the art description will accompany the framed piece as provenance. Louis Wain original artwork is exceedingly scarce. A very stunning piece and showcases very well. Perfect for the Louis Wain and cat art collector. Louis Wain was one of the most popular commercial illustrators in the history of England. Born in 1860, his anthropomorphic portrayals of cats captured the imagination of the Edwardian era and his work helped to elevate the profile and popularity of our feline friends to unprecedented heights. Before Wain, cats in England were often thought of with contempt but his work humanised them and helped to show them as something to be liked, admired and even loved. In 1886, Wain¿s first drawing of anthropomorphised cats was published in the Christmas issue of the Illustrated London News, titled ¿A Kittens¿ Christmas Party¿. The illustration depicted 150 cats. In subsequent years, Wain¿s cats began to walk upright, smile broadly and use other exaggerated facial expressions, and would wear sophisticated, contemporary clothing. Wain¿s illustrations showed cats playing musical instruments, serving tea, playing cards, fishing, smoking, and enjoying a night at the opera. Such anthropomorphic portrayals of animals were very popular in Victorian England and were often found in prints, on greeting cards and in satirical illustrations such as those of John Tenniel. His illustrations were so popular that throughout the beginning of the twentieth-century most homes had at least one of his famous cat annuals and many nurseries had Wain posters hanging on their walls. ¿He made the cat his own¿ H.G. Wells once remarked. ¿He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world.¿ His artistic style changed throughout his life, although he was always known for drawings of cats. In his later years, his drawings took on a psychedelic style (not unlike some of Van Goghs art), with many of his painting containing brilliant background colors with swirling patterns. Eventually even his cats began to take on the same psychedelic appearances beginning to seemingly blend into the background. FRAMED SIZE: 15¿ X 14¿ . ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our Abe store for other original illustration artwork [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Meier And Sons Rare Books]
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