1878 – Charlie and Topsy

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“Charlie and Topsy – by Harrison Weir” is a full page book plate image, taken from the “Chatterbox Album of Animals”, published by W.W.Gardner, circa 1878. The short anecdote accompanying the illustration, reads as follows:  “Here is a picture of Charlie and Topsy. ‘Charlie’ is a kitten of Persian breed. He came from Hereford to the north in a tiny hamper, on which a card was fixed bearing these words – ‘Please take care of me’. And he arrived quite safely after his long ride. Charlie seemed to take to his new home at once; he would be friends with those he lived with; and, although the old cat, and Topsy the dog, were very rude to him at first, he soon won them over by his sweet temper and playful ways.”

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Detail: Charlie and Topsy, by Harrison Weir       Book Ciover: Chatterbox Album of Animals 1878

Detail: 1878 – Charlie and Topsy                                         Book Cover:  Chatterbox Album of Animals, 1878

Detail: Charlie and Topsy, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Charlie and Topsy, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1878 – Charlie and Topsy                                       (Last detail with artist’s signature in plate)

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