POTTER (Beatrix):

The Cats Meat Man. 1895.

Original Pencil study of a Cat Fish-Monger selling his inventory to a family of cats in front of their brick walled gate. Inscribed at bottom left: “Rough Sketch – The Cats meat man.” This study is a preliminary pencil drawing for a two-sided watercolor on shaped cardboard the artist later created for Noël Moore (given in May ’95).

Measures 8-3/8 x 11-1/4 inches on larger paper (some spotting, creased at middle fold), matted and framed.

A small version of this image in ink is used in The Fairy Caravan (1929), Chapter XXI, p.196.