The concept of “Cat” shows was still very new in the early 1870’s and truly captured the imagination of Victorian spectators, used to a regular diet of “Naturalist” exhibitions. The media of the day gave such events consistently good coverage, including The Illustrated London News, The Graphic, The Pictorial World, and the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News among others. This particular image comes from the August 19th 1871 edition of “Every Saturday”, but had featured earlier in “The Illustrated London News”. It is the work of Percy MacQuoid, a friend and colleague of Harrison Weir and was engraved by H.Harral (Sc)
Such images are of significance as they assist in putting these events into an historic and social perspective. They are also a valuable eye witness record and a useful snapshot of social commentary at the time.
The Show in fact took place on July 13th, 1871. Although this image was not drawn by Weir, the Judges for this show are recorded as: Mr H.Weir, Mr J.Jenner Weir, and Rev.J Cumming Macdona.
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Details: Manx & British (Scottish) Wild Cat (latter owned by the Duke of Sutherland)
Details: Siamese (the first shown) & French-African Cat (French LH)
Detail: Persian Cat
Detail: English Cat -the largest in the Show (forebear of the British Shorthair)