Sunday, April 17, 2011

Victorian Cats

Cats were often present in households of the past, mostly for utilitarian purposes. Kept in the kitchen areas to hunt for mice and rats, they endeared themselves first to the "downstairs help". It was only a matter of time before the cat made its silent way upstairs and comfortably settled in higher, warmer and more posh surroundings. They are especially favoured amongst writers for their low maintenance and quiet nature. My husband Brian, even surrounded by dogs, remains a fervent cat lover.

Here are a few photographs of Victorian ladies and their cats (much less common than Victorian dogs) from Montreal's McCord Museum .




10 comments:

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyes-

Ha! You did a Victorian cat photo post! Those are nice examples. That's interesting about how cats became beloved pets. I agree with your husband... I just love cats! Thanks for posting this. :-)

-Pam

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Pam,
I knew this post would be right up your alley and Gerry's.
Always a pleasure,
Anyès
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Richard Cottrell said...

I was so excited to see these two post about the Victorian cats and dogs. One does not find that many photos of people with there animals and it is so fun. Thanks for stopping by. Richard at My Old Historic House

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Richard,
Pets are not for everyone and that's fine, but a home without one doesn't feel quite as "homy".
So pleased you enjoyed these posts.
Anyès
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Mark D. Ruffner said...

I've really enjoyed your posts on Victorian cats and dogs. Somehow, within the ephemeral world of antique photography, images of long-ago pets seem even more ephemeral.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
I agree, now days, pets are family members often called fury kids, naturally included in family pics, in all levels of society. Those old photographs are exceptional.
Thanks so much for dropping in.
Anyès
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Olga said...

As a owner of a tabby cat, I am simply delighted with your cat's post. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Olga,
Welcome to the DV, I"m so glad you dropped in to visit my cyber-cats. My favorites are orange tabbies, perhaps because my daughter is a red head. But I do have a soft spot for black and whites. Although the photographs are in black and white, I would bet that the first one at the top is an orange tabby.
Come again,
Anyes
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Laura said...

We have a cat too.. and a dog... and a guinea pig.
Any Victorian pic's of people with their guinea pigs? :P
Those are wonderful pictures. I think that I am more of a cat person too actually. I DO love dogs but cats are so much less emotionally needy. I'm better with that at this point in my life. :)

Great post, as always.

((Hugs))
Laura

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Laura,
OMG, Victorian Guinea Pig! That would be hilarious. I have to keep an eye out for that. You will be the first to know. With four kids, I can understand why you would lean towards cats at this point in your life.
Always a pleasure,
Anyès
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