- Gwen John 1876–1939
- Graphite and watercolour on paper
- Support: 111 × 137 mm
- Purchased 1940
Watercolour, 4 3/8×5 3/8 (11·5×14).
Purchased from the Matthiesen Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1940.
Coll: As for N05152.
Gwen John loved cats and indeed friendships like that with Maude Boughton-Leigh (see No.4088) were almost formed on a mutual fondness for cats. She had cats when she lived in Howland Street, London, and she was surrounded with cats when she went to live in the small shed on a piece of waste land behind the Rue Babie, Meudon. Latterly cats were among Gwen John's few companions; describing her death at Dieppe her brother wrote: ‘She had brought no baggage whatever, but as it turned out had not forgotten to make in her will a suitable provision for the cats....’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I