A bit of mamma’s knitting yarn and a door to hide behind make the perfect enticement for kitty to play.
This vintage drawing of a child playing with a cat is a bit on the grainy side but hopefully it has the charm to appeal just the same.
A gray and brown tabby cat stands on one side of door contemplating attacking a small, red ball of yarn. The blonde-headed child is gently moving the ball along the floor to entice kitty to pounce on the bit of wool.
Playing with kitty is the work of Ida Waugh. She is one of the most well-represented of the children’s book illustrators on Reusable Art. If you like this drawing, you might also want to check out our special image category dedicated to the work of this artist. There’s also a biography of Ida Waugh too. This charming drawing is from The Butterfly, a book that Waugh illustrated for her life-long friend Amy Ella Blanchard. It was published around 1890.
There’s also another drawing by Ida Waugh of a cat playing with red yarn. The yarnball was added to Reusable Art back in 2008 when I found it in another of the books illustrated by Waugh.
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.