The Colorful, Dancing, Psychedelic Cats of Louis Wain

Thanks to the the animators at Disney and Pixar, visual culture abounds with adorable critters that walk and talk just like we do. Yet it wasn’t until the late-19th century that such anthropomorphic animals were popularized, almost single-handedly, by a British illustrator named Louis Wain.

Louis Wain, A Summer Tea Party. Courtesy of Chris Beetles Ltd.

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