LOUIS WAIN "CATCHING IT" EARLY RAPHAEL TUCK UB POSTCARD : POSTED 5 OCTOBER 1903


LOUIS WAIN "CATCHING IT" EARLY RAPHAEL TUCK UB POSTCARD : POSTED 5 OCTOBER 1903

LOUIS WAIN "CATCHING IT"

EARLY RAPHAEL TUCK UNDIVIDED BACK POSTCARD

POSTED EARL'S COURT TO COLCHESTER

5 OCTOBER 1903

Artist:

Louis Wain 1860-1939 English, b. Clerkenwell

After his studies at the West London School of Art, Wain began his career as an illustrator. His strength lay in country scenes and animals, which he depicted for magazines including the Illustrated London News. He married in 1883 and moved to Hampstead but his wife soon contracted cancer and died within three years. During this period he would dress up their cat to amuse her and this eventually provided inspiration for his best known work. He designed over 600 postcards featuring anthropomorphic cats for at least 80 different publishers, and cut-out cat dolls for Raphael Tuck. He is also known to have illustrated books under the pseudonym George Henri Thompson. In 1907 he moved to New York where he illustrated two comic strips, Cats About Town and Grimalkin. Wain however was a poor businessman and he returned to England broke. He seems to have exhibited strange behaviour all of his life, and this steadily progressed until he was committed to a mental hospital in 1924 after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Today there are
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