Cartoon cats: why are there so many?

The answer to that is I don’t know but here are just a few: 

Only in the 19th century did the term cartoon come to refer to humorous illustrations and it was in the 20th century that comic strips and animated films came into being.  Indeed it was a cat, Felix, who became the first, popular, animated cat and that was in the 1920s during the silent movie era.

Cartoon cats have come a long way since then with the You Tube hit Simon’s Cat being watched regularly by millions.  But did you know that in the town of East Looe in Cornwall you can find Clive’s cat?

Clive Gardner is the creator of Clive’s cat (Barry) and there is a shop in Looe where you can buy all manner of things Clive e.g. Clocks, calendars, prints, T-shirts, etc., which is where my next original, signed print must have come from.

Looe is a very nice town too.



Cats – Different things to different people

Over the millennia cats have meant different things to different people.  They have been gods, hunters and thieves and thought of as evil, unlucky or lucky.  Their history stretches back 9,500 years and they were domesticated in order to hunt mice.  In Ancient Egypt they were revered and feature in Greek and Roman history as well as Norse Mythology.  They are one of the most popular subjects on You Tube and so to this day are just as important as part of our society.

  A mummified Egyptian cat.

  A Medieval portrait of a cat.

  David Shrigley 2012

Finally here is a beautiful watercolour and ink portrait of a cat.  It is entitled ‘Watching’ and is signed on the back by Angela J. Whiteman.  I can’t find Angela anywhere although she possibly still paints somewhere around Chichester on the south coast of England.