Fully Anthropomorphised Cats In Art


Animals in picture books exist on a continuum between fully animal and fully human. To sit at the anthropomorphised end of that spectrum, the animal in question:

  • wears clothes
  • walks around on its hind legs
  • talks
  • displays human-like emotions
  • lives in a house
A vintage New Year's postcard by Helena Maguire showing four cats cooking and baking and wishing 'A Happy New Year to you'
A vintage New Year’s postcard by Helena Maguire showing four cats cooking and baking and wishing ‘A Happy New Year to you’
Carl Robert Arthur Thiele (1860-1936), German painter
Louis William Wain (1860-1939)

Beatrix Potter had a massive influence on illustrators all through the 20th century. Any animal dressed in clothes is a descendent of Beatrix Potter.

Postcard c. 1960s Illustrator Margaret Mary Tempest (1892-1982)
Arthur Thiele
Arthur Thiele
Louis Wain cats flying a plane
Louis Wain
Louis Wain
Christmas Card, Edward Gorey; 1925-2000
Illustrations by ALEXANDRA MASKAEVA 1905-1992, stories of the cat Kuzma based on painting called The Unequal Marriage by Vasily Pukirev
Mainzer Cats - barbershop Artist- Eugen Hartung (or Hurtong), 1897-1973 Alfred Mainzer publishing - founded 1938
Mainzer Cats – barbershop Artist- Eugen Hartung (or Hurtong), 1897-1973 Alfred Mainzer publishing – founded 1938
Eugen Hartung (Swiss)
Louis Wain
Frances Brandage, illustrator Kitty Cat Stories
Helen Jacobs From R. Pollard’s Tiff, Taff and Tuff festive scene of kittens pulling Christmas crackers 1934
The Tea Set From Pietoloet