Loving cat pictures isn’t a new thing – not by at least 1000 years!
Paintings of cats in the 19th Century were as popular as cats on the internet are today, according to Madalina Lazen, a senior specialist in 19th-century paintings at Bonhams auction house.
Before information became as accessible as it is now, the public had to rely on those who traveled to experience culture outside of their homes. In this case, it was painters. They would bring back paintings of what they had seen – in this case, cats – and such works always proved entertaining and affordable.
However, they aren’t so affordable anymore, unless you’re pretty well off. These paintings, by “the consummate cat painter” Henriette Ronner-Knip, Cornelius Raaphorst, and Arthur Wardle, are selling for a minimum of $6,000 and up to $60,000.
Yowza. Have a look – would you penny up the dough for some classic kitties?