Catland

 

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Catland

Catland

Rodney Dale

 

Louis Wain (1860-1939), part English, part French, a citizen of London where he was born, the only boy among five sisters, musician, fencer and boxer, spent his long life drawing and painting cats. His qualities of humour, sympathy and a rich colour sense allied to a natural bent for hard work, brought him wide recognition during his lifetime; erratic he may have been, but his cat fantasies can now be seen to exhibit fairly consistently all the three attributes of genius – flueincy, confidence and novelty. Fifteen of the most beautiful, endearing and original pictures are reproduced in full colour in this gift book. Cat-lovers need no further introduction; while even non-cat-lovers will scarce forbear to cheer these gorgeous products of so luxuriant an imagination.

The text of the book, by Rodney Dale – author of the standard full-length life of Louis Wain – tells the story of Wain's life from his ealry days as a schoolboy in Hackney to his last 14 years in an asylum near St Albans – with due attention to the strong practical sympathy he showed thoughout his life for all cat welfare societies.