Louis Wain at Nunnington Hall


The Mother of Triplets.

Anyone in the vicinity of Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire over the next month has the opportunity to view and—if you’re wealthy enough—buy some pictures by Victorian cat artist Louis Wain (1860–1939). Wain is famously “The Cat Artist Who Went Mad” (as Chris Beetles’ gallery site puts it) and that piece of knowledge always comes to the fore when looking at his anthropomorphised felines with their huge eyes and often scowling expressions. The excellent Beetles gallery has an overview of the works on display at Nunnington. For the really eccentric stuff, however, you’ll have to go here.

Louis Wain at Nunnington Hall runs until September 13, 2009.

Catland: The art of Louis Wain

Previously on { feuilleton }
Marbled papers
A Madmen’s Museum
The art of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, 1736–1783

7 thoughts on “Louis Wain at Nunnington Hall”

  1. Nick Cave is a long time admirer/collector of Louis Wain’s work.

    During a recent Oz touring exhibition of Cave’s notebooks, photos of and other ephemera from over the years, lots of Wain originals featured in the background of various photos. There were also a few books too!

    For years I wondered who did this distinctive cat work, and due to that exhibition I found out …

  2. – And, since David Tibet and Thomas Ligotti have collaborated in the past, the next time they re-release one of Ligotti’s rarer collections, though at this point they are all somewhat rare, they should illustrate the book using Wain’s pictures, starting with the cute/cartoonish and progressing into the abstract schizophrenic.

    Wasn’t that what he eventually succumbed to mentally?

  3. Schizophrenia seems to be the assumption now, and many of those fractal drawings certainly look like the typical product of someone with that mental condition.

  4. Thanks – we took a trip up to Nunnington Hall this weekend – I’d have missed it if it wasn’t for this post.

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