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Louis Wain's Cats by Chris Beetles

Louis Wain's Cats

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A truly comprehensive examination of Louis Wain’s art, beautifully illustrated, it includes many previously unseen images. Now more fashionable than ever, Louis Wain’s work deserves a book that both catalogues his work and explains his life and art, putting it into context, showing too the ceramic figurines that were created from his designs. A timeline, bibliography and details of previous exhibitions make this a valuable resource for any Louis Wain fantatic.

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Louis Wain's Cats by Chris Beetles

This new book comprises a comprehensive survey of the life and work of one of the best known cat artists of the Victorian and Edwardian period, including a new biography, and catalogue raisonné of Louis Wain’s Lucky Futurist Mascots: his unique ceramic creations. With more than 300 superlative colour images, many shown for the first time ever, brought to life by the lucid narrative of Chris Beetles, the leading authority on Louis Wain.

About the Author

Chris Beetles has been the main popularizer of Wain's art and has staged yearly exhibitions since 1983. He is now recognized as the world's leading authority on Louis Wain and is regularly approached by museums, auctions and collectors worldwide to adjudicate on the vast number of forgeries coming onto the market; an inevitable consequence of increasing value on the market. A chapter on Wain forgeries will be written. Chris Beetles is an ex-practicing general practitioner specializing in the diseases of the elderly so he is also uniquely qualified to write the special addendum on art and mental illness. A full book list of Wain's published work completes this valuable and indispensible work which will appeal to both specialist collector and cat enthusiast alike.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st December 2011


Chris Beetles

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Worth Press Ltd


240 pages


Biography / Autobiography
The Real World

History of art / art & design styles



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