Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cats in Art: The Cockney's Mirror (Hogarth)

From my continuing weekly Sunday series of cats in art.  Having moved on from Stefano Zuffi's marvelous work, The Cat in ArtI am now using some ideas from Caroline Bugler's equally impressive book, The Cat/3500 Years of the Cat in Art.  You really should check out and/or own both of these wonderful works, easily available on Amazon or eBay (and I have no financial interest).

This is my second post on the art of William Hogarth.

Image credit here, possibly titled The Cockney's Mirror, attributed to William Hogarth, no other information available.

And the kitty close-up from the center foreground:

As I have encountered in the past, here I present an image that may well be a Hogarth painting, but all I have to rely upon in terms of provenance is an Internet page.  Alas, time is short, so I'm going with it.  Even if it's not a Hogarth image, it is indeed a pretty painting...with a kitty!

In the very domestic and ordinary scene, the cat seems to be keeping one eye and one ear open and alert to any possible developments associated with the arrival of the guest on the right.  Better to be semi-alert than to miss a possible treat or petting.

[Gary note: With my Cats in Arts posts, I encourage you to scope out the art appreciation site Artsy (I have no financial interest in the site, I just like it), where you can explore many aspects of the world of art.  You'll certainly be entertained and enlightened!]

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