[n.p.]: , 1911. Item #00270
Original Louis Wain Watercolor Drawing
WAIN, Louis (1860-1939). “Mixed Sweets." . Original watercolor drawing of a kitten sitting in a bag of sweets. Signed at lower left.
Image size: 9 7/8 x 7 inches; 250 x 178 mm. Matted, framed, and glazed.
Framed size: 22 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches; 570 x 470 mm.
A wonderful early example of a Louis Wain original watercolor drawing, which first appeared in Father Tuck's Annual
 opposite page 248.
At the end of the last century, Louis Wain (1860-1939), the Edwardian cat artist who went mad, became a household name as an illustrator of cats, whom he depicted in all sorts of activities, from skating and playing cricket to driving motor cars, attending dances, and playing musical instruments. “He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world. English cats that do not look like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves” (H.G. Wells).
“From 1883, Wain began to draw cats as they had never been drawn before, cats in humorous guises, in human situations, but always beautifully handled…[a]lthough he was sometimes forced to draw dogs before he became well-known!” (Houfe, The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914).