Detail: 1866 -Pitch my dinner up here! Book Cover: Animal Sagacity, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall
Artist’s signature in plate (1866 – Pitch my dinner up here!)
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“Pitch my dinner up here!” is a full-page book plate image from “Animal Sagacity”, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall, and published by S.W.Partridge, circa 1866. In this case, the artist is mentioned in the text but not by name. The editor relays the fact that the picture on the following page is the faithful representation of a scene witnessed by the artist. He was passing through Peckham (where incidentally Harrison Weir lived at the time), and following closely behind a cat’s-meat-man, saw him throw the skewered meat up to a first-floor window, at which sat a cat, who caught it with his paw, and disappeared inside the house to devour it at his leisure. “Well, that’s wonderful!” said the artist. “O, not at all sir,” replied the meat-man; “Tom does that every day. I used to ring the bell, and hand the meat in at the door, but one day Tom got so impatient when the door was not opened quickly, that he popped out of the window there, and mewed to me, as much as to say, ‘Pitch my dinner up here,’ and I did so, and have done so ever since.” (Hence another “cat-related”episode in the life of Harrison Weir is revealed!). Image currently available in both A4 and A3 sizing options only.