1871 – Prize Cats Crystal Palace

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A very famous rendition by Harrison Weir of some of the Prize winning exhibits at the first Crystal Palace Cat Show of July 1871. (See the full description below!)

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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 July 22nd, 1871 edition of “The Illustrated London News” and the caption simply reads: “Prize Cats at The Crystal Palace Cat Show.

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 took place on July 13th, 1871; and was in fact, the first National Cat Show at the Crystal Palace that year.

Historically, and certainly from the viewpoint of the world of show cats, this may possibly be the most significant image created by Harrison Weir, as the acknowledged “Father of the Cat Fancy”. It is a valuable visual record of some of the some of the primary exhibits that competed at the now famous first Crystal Palace Cat Show, specifically held under the rules and classes and initial standards as established by Harrison Weir. A mix of longhaired and shorthaired cats, white, bi-colour, silver or smoke, and tabby patterned…Angora or Persian and English Shorthair, and even an image of the Scottish wild cat whose uplifted paw had been damaged in a trap when caught on the estates of the Duke of Sutherland. Weir was already an established contributing artist for the Illustrated London News and with his specialist knowledge the ideal candidate to capture and portray the qualities of these unique early exhibits.

A perfect gift for the ardent cat enthusiast with a penchant for history! Now available in A4, A3, A2 and poster size A1 options!

Detail: 1871 (July) Crystal Palace Cat Show Prize Cats by Harrison Weir       1871 (July) Crystal Palace Cat Show Prize Cats by Harrison Weir

Details: 1871 – Prize Cats at the Crystal Palace Cat Show

1871 (July) Crystal Palace Cat Show Prize Cats by Harrison Weir       1871 (July) Crystal Palace Cat Show Prize Cats, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1871 – Prize Cats at the Crystal Palace Cat Show

1871 (July) Crystal Palace Cat Show Prize Cats by Harrison Weir       1871 (July) Crystal Palace Cat Show Prize Cats by Harrison Weir

Details: 1871 – Prize Cats at the Crystal Palace Cat Show

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