Cat Project Archives for January
7, 2018: "Cats conspire to keep us at arm's length." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Synchronized napping.
Cat Mewvie: Cat & Girl.
Feline Art: "Giving
Light", artist unknown.
expert's cat is an "art critic".
by Helena Horton
BBC arts experts has revealed how his cat wrecked a rare masterpiece
painted by one of his favourite artists.
Dr Bendor Grosvenor, who appeared in five seasons of Fake or Fortune,
paid more than £5,000 for a painting by 17th century portrait artist
John Michael Wright, which was clawed by his pet Padme.
He was busy restoring the artwork after two small tears had formed because
a cold winter followed by a hot summer had caused a stretcher displaying
the painting to move.
The 41-year-old covered the front of the painting with facing paper and
brushed on a warm gelatin-and-water solution to preserve it before it
could be sent to London to be relined.
However, Dr Grosvenor was left dismayed when his cat launched itself
at the painting before raking its claws down the middle of the portrait
to leave a large gaping hole.
While the painting was not completely destroyed, the repair costs are
estimated to almost equal the entire purchase fee and Dr Grosvenor admitted
the artwork will never return to its pristine condition.
He told The Sunday Telegraph: "I bought it in 2015 for £5,250.
I probably spent the same again cleaning and reframing it.
"And as I stood back to admire my handiwork, up jumped our cat, landing
forcefully in the centre of the painting with a crunch. Disaster.”
“Wright is one of my favourite artists, and I bought this example because
it was in excellent condition, with all the original glazes and details wonderfully
"Now, it's obviously in less good condition - but at least the cat landed
on his clothing, and not his face.”
He added Padme is “not a fan of John Michael Wright, and regrets
Dr Grosvenor has found many lost works of art in his career, including
a 2017 discovery of the "lost portrait" of George Villiers,
1st Duke of Buckingham at Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland.
It was thought to have been lost for more than 400 years.
In 2009, he bested the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's experts,
finding their portrait of Charles Edward Stuart by Maurice Quentin de
La Tour was in fact a portrait of Charles' brother, Henry Benedict Stuart,
According to Tate, John Michael Wright was rated as "one of the
leading indigenous British painters of his generation" for his Baroque
Having trained as an artist in Scotland under the tutelage of George
Jamesone, he moved to England permanently in 1656 where he painted Stuart
kings Charles II and James II.
8, 2018: "No heaven will not ever be Heaven be; Unless
my cats are there to welcome me." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: Cats are cats.
Cat Mewvie: Maru vs. the box.
Feline Art: "Wildcat"
by Larz Taenz.
9, 2018: "Actually, cats do this to protect you from
gnomes who come and steal your breath while you sleep." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Before and after.
Cat Mewvie: The awe and spectacle
of... the spoon!
Art: "Golden Tiger" by G. Nievyshev.
10, 2018: "Cats can work out mathematically the exact
place to sit that will cause most inconvenience."-
Gratuitous Kittiness: The look of love.
Cat Mewvie: "Everyone clap
Feline Art: "The
Good Boy" by
11, 2018: "Cats have an infallible understanding of
total concentration--and get between you and it."-
more "kitty mills" for California.
by Susannah Cullinane
California pet stores soon will be allowed to sell dogs, cats and rabbits
only if they come from shelters or non-profit rescue organizations.
Under legislation going into effect on January 1, store operators also
will have to be able to provide records of origin for the animals or
face a $500 penalty per animal.
The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was introduced by assembly member Patrick
O'Donnell and signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown in October
Under the law, individuals are still allowed to buy from private breeders,
but stores are prohibited from doing so.
In a press release issued at the time, O'Donnell touted the law as an
end to "puppy mills" and "kitten factories." California
is the first state in the country to introduce such legislation.
O'Donnell called the law a "big win for our four-legged friends" and
also for taxpayers, who he said spent more than $250 million a year to
house and euthanize shelter animals.
The act specifies that pet store operators can sell dogs, cats and rabbits
only from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the
prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or
rescue group in cooperation with an animal shelter.
It requires "each pet store to maintain records sufficient to document
the source of each dog, cat, or rabbit the pet store sells or provides
space for, for at least one year, and to post, in a conspicuous location
on the cage or enclosure of each animal, a sign listing the name of the
entity from which each dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained."
The stores also will be required to give public animal control agencies
or shelters periodic access to those records.