This full page illustration and short report is taken from the October 27th, 1883 edition of the Illustrated London News. It reports on the Crystal Palace Cat Show of that year, which had taken place the week before. This was the fifteenth National Cat Show to be held at the Crystal Palace.
By this time, although the public were anxious to know about prize winners, social commentary and humour were injected into reports of the various shows and in this case an excellent commentary via the pencil of Edward Henry Corbould. This artist was a painter and illustrator, and had also been appointed as Drawing Master to the Queens children in 1851, a post he held until 1872. Of note is the Siamese cat, recently imported by Mrs Cunliffe Lee. As the report is short, the full unabridged version is now included:
“Our Artist has exercised his wonted comic fancy in delineating some incidents of this popular exhibition, held for the fifteenth time on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. It is styled ‘National’ but might also claim to be regarded as ‘International’, seeing that cats from Germany, France, Italy, Norway, and Russia, and of course from Angora and Persia, and even from Siam, find their way to the stands, as well as from all parts of Great Britain. The two Siamese cats belonging to Mrs Lee of Penshurst, which gained a medal, were regarded with much curiosity. To the lady visitors, young and old, the Cat Show proved especially attractive, and some of the fair enthusiasts have been caught on the point of our Artist’s pencil.”
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Detail: Siamese Imported from Siam Detail: Prize-winning Rnglish Shorthairs (British)
Details: 1883 – Sketches from the Cat Show at the Crystal Palace – by E H Corbould
Details: 1883 – Sketches of the Cat Show at the Crystal Palace – by E.H.Corbould