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1860-1939 (79 Years)

"If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat 
will find it and soak it up." ~ Jean Asper McIntosh

All the pictures in our Four Season Series website are 
created by an incredibly talented artist named Louis Wain.

Louis Wain was born in 1860, living in London when met and married Emily Richardson. They lived happily for three years and then an unexpected illness took Emily's life. Before she died of breast cancer, Louis spent a lot of time at her bedside drawing Peter their cat.  Louis created beautiful pictures of their favorite pet to cheer Emily up. He was quite good and soon became a famous artist in both Britian and the U.S.  He also did sketches of dogs and cats that were bought by the Illustrated Sporting News. 

"Comets are like cats. They have tails, and they do precisely what they want." ~ David Levy

In 1904, Louis Wain wrote the book "In Animal Land with Louis Wain. Louis was very much a cat lover and soon was elected President of the National Cat Club. 

It was just after World War I that Louis noticed people were not purchasing cat pictures as they once did, without a job, Louis fell into poverty. Louis lived with his three sisters for a time before he fell into a depression he couldn't escape from. He sought help and was told that he had schizophrenia. He was 57 years old and soon without funds found himself in a mental hospital. The doctors did not understand his art. His art was changing as Louis started perceiving colors around the cats he was drawing (some would call them auras). All physical bodies have an energy field surrounding them. Some people have the ability to perceive these fields. The invisible electromagnetic fields are layered and and represent a different part of the color scheme.

 Louis told his doctors that he could see and feel electromagnetic currents surrounding living bodies that others seemingly could not see. Louis believed his mind was being sensitized and transformed by these currents. Louis's doctors pronounced him insane in 1924 and he was admitted to the pauper's wing of a mental hospital in Tooting. The picture above  is a Louis Wayne representation of a electromagnetic field surrounding a cat. Yet, his doctors took this picture to mean his condition was worsening. I think Louis was trying to paint a picture of something that he was seeing interally or externally. 
Louis believed his mind was being manipulated. Did mind control exist years ago? What kind of experiments did Louis witness?

In 1927, H G Wells said about Louis Wain's art, "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."   

Years later, Louis was recognized and a fund was set up for him (by prominents such as H.G. Wells),  enabling Louis Wain to spent his last years, until his death in 1939, in comfortable asylums;(Bethlem Royal Hospital
located in St. George's Fields, Southwark and then in 1930 he was moved to Napsbury Hospital in the city of St Albans, Hertfordshire, England) where he continued to draw and paint cats.  

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. 
Cats have never forgotten this." - Anonymous

Possesion is Nine Points Of The Law  
by Louis Wain 1887
"A cat's worst enemy is a closed door." 
  ~ Unknown

"No matter how tired or wretched I am, a pussycat sitting in a doorway can divert my mind." ~ Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

"A cat improves the garden wall in sunshine, and the hearth in foul weather."  ~ Judith Merkle Riley

The _Blue_cat.jpg from
Bethlem Royal Hospital

Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum
"My cat knows the song in my heart and purrs it to me when my memory fails." ~ Unknown

Wain's Cats...  French postage stamps, issued by Chad in 2003