by charlestonattic


 These sketches of lounging cats come from a sketchbook labelled ‘VB’ for Vanessa Bell. CHA-P-606-58

They recall Duncan Grant’s 1932 painting ‘Opussyquinusque’, now hung in the Dining Room, near to Edward Wolfe’s 1918 work ‘Still Life with Omega Cat’.[1] Grant’s cat was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1932, and is now available as a beautiful print at the Charleston gift shop http://www.charleston.org.uk/products-page/prints/cat-opussyquinsque/.

 Duncan Grant, Opussyquinusque, circa 1932

Another example of the Charleston artists love of felines is Duncan Grant’s ‘Cat on a Cabbage’.

Cat on a Cabbage

This piece is the design for a cross-stitch chair seat sold at the Omega Workshops c. 1913 and is currently on display at the Towner Contemporary Art Museum as part of the ‘Designing the Everyday: from Bloomsbury and Ravilious to the present day’ exhibition http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/designing-the-everyday-from-bloomsbury-and-ravilious-to-the-present-day/


Duncan was known for his fondness of children and animals, as this 1922-4 photograph of him with Judith (the daughter of Adrian and Karin Stephen) and Angelica, holding a kitten at Charleston, shows:


[1] Painting, Duncan Grant, “Opussyquinusque”, circa 1932, oil on board, framed, 23 cm x 31 cm. http://www.charlestoncollection.org.uk/index.asp?page=item&mwsquery={Identity%20number}={CHA/P/1};

Edward Wolfe, “Still life with Omega cat,” 1918, oil on canvas, framed, signed and inscribed on the back “My first studies- Edward Wolfe- painted 1918 in Nina Hamnett’s studio, Fitzroy Street”, 29 cm x 23.5 cm. http://www.charlestoncollection.org.uk/index.asp?page=item&mwsquery={Identity%20number}={CHA/P/213}