Image credit The Athenaem,
Henry Clark's Mother-in-Law, Mrs. Davies and Four of Her Children in the Drawing Room of Her Home, William Holman Hunt, 1846, oil on canvas, 30" x 24", held by Geffrye Museum - London.
And the kitty close-up, including a couple of the strange-looking children:
And what is that over on the right, on the rug just in front of the fire? A hat, a cat, a cow head, or a skunk?
This has to be one of the creepiest paintings containing a cat, ever. Those four kids, in addition to being physically disproportioned, simply look possessed, while the mother looks, well, determined. Or something. About what, we do not know. But the only normal thing in the painting is the white cat.
It may take a trip to London, to the Geffrye Museum, to actually stand in front of this painting, to figure this one out.
[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!]