1899 Antique LOUIS WAIN Print ANGRY CATS Racegoer BOOKMAKER Bookie CAT Original

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LOUIS WAIN Victorian Artist CATS


An original full page from an antique Victorian newspaper/magazine:

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News

Dated 1893

Titled: Welsher


It shows a scene drawn by Louis Wain - A disgruntled crowd of "race-goers", angry race track bettors, chasing a "bookmaker" after he had failed to pay out on bets. It is a typical fun Louis Wain scene, well known for his cat pictures, but often used other animals, particularly in the early years of his career. There is the Louis Wain signature on the front of the engraving. This print is suitable for framing.

There are unrelated sketches by Raymond Potter entitled Incidents on the Course on the other side of the page showing scenes at the races, entertainment, racegoers, reive, gipsy, etc.

Provenance: The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News; Published London 1899. This was an weekly newspaper magazine founded in 1874 and published in London. It focused on the theatre, high society and aristocracy, art, hunting, sport etc. It was renowned for its high image content; etchings, engravings in the early issues, and photographic images in later years

Info: Louis Wain was an English artist best known for his drawings (which often featured large-eyed cats and kittens) of anthropomorphised animals. He was associated with the National Cat Club. He died in Napsbury Hospital St Albans on 4 July 1939. His work is highly sought after and very collectable.


The watermark does not appear on the original. This print is from the date stated and not a later reproduction. This is a page from a periodical and therefore is printed on both sides. The page measures overall approximately 395 x 280 mm (15.5 x 11"inches ). There is some age yellowing around the edges - please check the larger picture for condition. This item will be packaged in a tube.

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Product Code SOLD
Weight 0.21kg