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Pre-Raphaelite Cats

Susan Herbert


Susan Herbert’s delightful renditions of pre-Raphaelite paintings with cats in the starring roles


Susan Herbert’s feline versions of famous paintings continue to delight cat and art-lovers everywhere. In Pre-Raphaelite Cats, she turns her eye to the works of painters whose popularity is reaching new heights today. The epitome of their style and period, these wonderful paintings can be viewed in a new and entrancing way when their protagonists are endearing cats.

The Beggar Maid, ‘more beautiful than day’ in Tennyson’s poem, takes on a particularly touching relationship with King Cophetua, while Medea gives new meaning to the word enchantress as she prepares the ingredients for a spell. And were ever two creatures so frightened and so abandoned as the poor cat princes wickedly imprisoned in the Tower, or two lovers so sad and so stoical as the young officer cat and his fiancée on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo?

The book also includes small black-and-white reproductions of all the original paintings that have inspired Susan Herbert. Once again she has risen to the challenge of endowing the world’s best-loved works of art with a certain feline charm.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 22.9 x 18.9 cm

Extent: 64 pp

Publication date: 3 February 2014

ISBN: 9780500291382

About the Author

Susan Herbert (1945-2014) was one of the most distinctive contemporary cat artists. She studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford. She was the author and illustrator of The Cats Gallery of Art, The Cats History of Western Art, Diary of a Victorian Cat, Medieval Cats, Impressionist Cats, Pre-Raphaelite Cats, Shakespeare Cats, Opera Cats and Movie Cats, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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