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Painting - Cat Catching an Insect

Cat Catching an Insect

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1772-1789 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Isoda Koryûsai (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Koryûsai is best known for his images of beautiful women but here shows his skill at drawing from nature. The smug cat seems to have just clamped its jaws around the unfortunate grasshopper.

This sheet is a copyist's drawing and would have been copied from Koryûsai's original sketches. The copyist's drawing is usually destroyed when the initial printing block is carved. The survival of this work suggests that the design was never realised as a finished print.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1772-1789 (made)


Isoda Koryûsai (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink on paper


Height: 25.7 cm, Width: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Painting, 'Cat Catching an Insect' by Isoda Koryusai, Japan, 1772-1789

Subjects depicted

Grasshopper; Cat


Illustration; Paintings


East Asia Collection

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