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Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40265

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One of the most striking, and to many visitors sinister features of Turner's Queen Anne Street house was the large number of Manx cats who lived there. They belonged to Hannah Danby, his housekeeper since about 1809. Here, one of them has left its prints on the back of one of the illustrations Turner made for his Perspective lectures at the Royal Academy. Hannah herself also alarmed people, since a skin disease obliged her to keep most of her face bandaged.

Gallery label, August 2004

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