Cat Catching an Insect

Painting
1772-1789 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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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.


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Brief Description
Painting, 'Cat Catching an Insect' by Isoda Koryusai, Japan, 1772-1789
Dimensions
  • Height: 25.7cm
  • Width: 19cm
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Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.5102-1910

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record createdNovember 10, 2006
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