Harold by Anni Morris
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Acrylic on canvas
Size: 10 inch x 10 inch 0r 25.5cm x 25.5 cm

He reminds me of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.

He has a very wide grin and a big heart.

This work is in memory of Louis Wain who was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphised large-eyed cats.

He was born in 1860 and had an extremely sad life. He was the first of six children (the only boy) and none of his five sisters ever married. He had to financially support them all and his mother,

At the age of 23 he married his sister’s governess (10 years his senior) quite a scandal in those days. Soon after they married Emily (his wife) discovered she had cancer and died 3 years later.

Louis used to entertain her when she was ill in bed with his whimsical cat drawings and even taught his own cat tricks and made him tiny little spectacles to make her laugh.

Although his art was extremely popular he was ripped off by various business people/publishers. His health steadily grew worse and he was diagnosed with schizophrenia (more than likely had Aspberger syndrome). Penniless he was admitted to a pauper’s ward of a mental hospital in London. A year or so later H G Wells and the then Prime Minister of the day learnt of his fate and intervened and had him transferred to a peaceful sanatorium near St Albans in Hertfordshire. Here he spent the remainder of his life relatively happy drawing until his death in 1939.

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cat, feline, pet, orange, ginger, white, animal, alice


Comments

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Harold is adorable and I imagine looking for a little trouble to get into.

    The purple and orange work great together. Really cute, Anni.

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisabout 4 years ago

    Thank you :) I do enjoy putting oranges and blues/purples together. Yes, I think Harold could be a mischief maker ~ Anni

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 4 years ago

    Great face, love it!

  • Thank you Cindy. I have had the privilege of having two ginger and white cats during my life and they have been such wonderful affectionate creatures. ~ Anni :)

    – Anni Morris

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 4 years ago

  • Wow, thanks Deborah :) ~ Anni

    – Anni Morris

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 4 years ago

    fine fun piece. i thought of cheshire instantly

  • Yes he is a little less scary than the Cheshire Cat image in Alice in Wonderland though. Please you like him ~ Anni

    – Anni Morris

  • margaretfraser
    margaretfraserabout 4 years ago

    oh so cute!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Margaret, I think Harold’s grin will widen with your words ~ Anni

    – Anni Morris

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Anni, such a great face.

  • Thank you Andrea, he is a rather moon-faced cat ~ Anni :)

    – Anni Morris

  • Cat-Artist
    Cat-Artistabout 4 years ago

    gorgeous painting, reminds me of my lovely ginger boy

  • Hello …I am glad he reminds you of your lovely ginger boy. Thank you for viewing and commenting ~ Anni :)

    – Anni Morris

  • Rusty Katchmer
    Rusty Katchmerabout 4 years ago

    Great personality…love your style :-)

  • Thanks Rusty. much appreciated ~ Anni :)

    – Anni Morris

  • vickymount
    vickymountabout 4 years ago

    A lovely tribute to a man I knew nothing about. Thankyou for that! xx

  • Thanks Vix, his life is a very interesting one but also very tragic. Despite that his artwork was very whimsical and made a lot of people smile. Appreciate you popping in xox

    – Anni Morris


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