My Little White Kittie. After the Goldfish, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

White cat to right of clear bowl filled with water and two goldfish. Cat is reaching into water with proper right front paw. Blue flower on table to left of bowl.

Currier & Ives produced thirteen different prints about the adventures of “my little white kittie.” The newly prosperous middle-class enjoyed the luxury of caring for feline companions and it became not only acceptable, but desirable to keep a pet. Long-haired white cats were especially prized as they provided a beautiful decoration to any room. In fact, the “cat craze” became so popular that many products were advertised showing a cat or cats even if the product had nothing to do with them. With cats now kept indoors, the Victorians enjoyed a double benefit – beautiful and amusing companions who kept their households rodent-free.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Undated
Medium
Hand-colored lithograph
Dimensions
14 x 9 3/4 inches
Credit
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
Accession Number
2004.D03.097
On View?
No
Image Request
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