London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., 1910. Item #03254
A Very Scarce Louis Wain Painting Book
WAIN, Louis. Three Little Kittens Painting Book. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., [n.d., ca. 1910].
Small quarto (9 1/16 x 7 inches: 230 x 177 mm.). 20 pp (including wrappers). Four full-page illustrations in full color with duplicate brown line drawings opposite, designed to be hand colored by the owner (the second drawing already expertly colored).
Original color pictorial wrappers. A very fine example of a fragile rarity.
"You will be pleased to see your old friends the "Three Little Kittens," here you have a picture to paint of them crying over their lost mittens, and then happy at having found them, afterwards dancing round their Mummy with the Pie, and lastly you have them washing their mittens… The young artist must prepare his tints upon a white plate or palette. He must compare his colours with those of the picture he is about to copy, and before he begins to paint… (Instructions for Young Artists (inside front wrapper)
Father Tuck's Little Artists' Series No. 4063.
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 ).