Cat Chorus

This has to be one of the most cool cat images I’ve seen in years. It’s from a wonderful children’s magazine published by Mary Mapes Dodge over 100 years ago. This engraving was done by (Charles) E. Heinemann and included in the December 1890 edition of St. Nicholas.

As the title implies, the drawing is of a group of cats howling at the moon as if they had formed a cat chorus. Black cats, fluffy white cats, striped cats, big cats, little cats and kittens are all participating. The reverse nature of the engraving – light on a dark background, makes this vintage cat drawing even more cool. Who knows? Maybe it will one day rival the most famous reverse image on Reusable Art – theĀ Carpenter Bee Etching.

And, what makes this black and white cat drawing even more cool is that it is nice and big; measuring 1684 x 788px. Just click on the cat chorus image you see below to access it.

cat chorus howling at the moon

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.