Edward Bawden (1903-1989)

Dandy Boy Cat


Pen and ink

38 x 27 cm

Signed and inscribed lower right.

Bawden developed a love of cats at a young age, copying Louis Wain’s cat pictures. In his later years, his drawings of cats became yet more frequent; his cat Emma featured in much of his work. In an interview with House and Garden in 1987 he said: “No cat will suffer being lifted up and dropped into an empty space intended for her to occupy; that procedure led inevitably to Emma, tail up, walking away at once, so I had to wait patiently until Emma had enjoyed a good meal of Coley and was ready to choose her daily sleeping place, wherever it might be. I would then spring into action.”

Doubtless he found it easier to draw an imaginary cat, such as this one.

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