Louis WAIN

Louis William WAIN was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphized large-eyed cats and kittens. In his lifetime, he illustrated more than two hundred books and had sixteen hugely successful Christmas annuals. His illustrations were so popular that throughout the beginning of the twentieth century, most homes had at least one of his famous cat annuals and many nurseries had Wain posters hanging on their walls. “He made the cat his own” H.G. Wells once remarked. “He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world.”

He also branched out into ceramics – creating a collection of bizarre and brilliant futurist cats. Wain was much loved and could easily be considered a celebrity of his day.



Louis William WAIN was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphized large-eyed cats and kittens. In his lifetime, he illustrated more than two hundred books and had sixteen hugely successful Christmas annuals. His illustrations were so popular that throughout the beginning of the twentieth century, most homes had at least one of his famous cat annuals and many nurseries had Wain posters hanging on their walls. “He made the cat his own” H.G. Wells once remarked. “He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world.”

He also branched out into ceramics – creating a collection of bizarre and brilliant futurist cats. Wain was much loved and could easily be considered a celebrity of his day.


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