I haven’t found enough leopard drawings to create a category for them yet, but, this one is hopefully the first of many.
Where I Found This Big Kitty
This leopard drawing is the work of Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899). Leon Roger-Miles (1859-1928) compiled a collection of her works in his 1900 publication Atelier Rosa Bonheur. Bonheur was a historically significant figure. She created more opportunities for other women to pursue a career in art.
Big Cat, Big Impact
OK, I admit it; I’m a cat person. Whether they are big cats like the one in this public domain leopard drawing or one of the sweet house cats that have shared our home; I find them fascinating. This kitty seems quite calm and content. The paws are in a relaxed position and its eyes are half-closed. Like so many of the animal drawings from Roger-Miles’ book, this one appears to have been simply done with pencil. And, yet, we get a sense of the strength and agility of the animal. It feels like the head will turn any moment to return our gaze.
Hopefully, this leopard drawing could become a way to add some kitty goodness to your own projects.
The leopard drawing, shown above, is a smaller version. If you would like to view and save the largest version I have, simply click on the picture.
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.