Image credit Wikipedia, Two Girls Dressing a Kitten by Candlelight, Joseph Wright of Derby, oil on canvas, 35" x 28", held by Kenwood House, London, England.
Note that this painting is alternatively called Two Girls Decorating a Kitten. So here's the kitty close-up, and a woeful shot indeed it is:
The pictorial association of young girls with cats become commonplace in the 18th century. Here, these two girls dress up a pet kitten in dolls' clothes, but the cat looks far from pleased with this new game....Extra drama is added to the narrative by the fact that is taking place by candlelight.
To which I add, "Oh, the indignity!" But as I often say, that's the price our pets have to pay for domesticity.
Turns out I did this painting back in 2012 (link here). Zuffi also loved this painting, as do I.
[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!]