Meet Muff. She was a beautiful fluffy cat who lived in the late 1800s. She was a White Persian cat owned by Miss Saunders’ and immortalized by the artist Harrison Weir (1824-1906). Weir was himself quite the cat lover. In 1892, he wrote Our Cats and All About Them; five years after founding the National Cat Club.
Muff is such a lovely and fluffy cat. Her drawing, to me, shows how skilled Weir was. With a simple collection of little lines, he created what is clearly a cat and perhaps captured a bit of her personality as well. Unfortunately, he didn’t share anything beyond her name and her owner’s name.
I think Muff, the fluffy cat drawing, would make a lovely addition to note cards, scrapbook projects or even an embroidery. With a few hints of color, perhaps her nose and eyes, she would be even more striking.
I was lucky to find a large scan of this fluffy cat drawing. Simply click on Muff’s portrait to get access to the largest version.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.