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Painting - The Stray Kitten
  • The Stray Kitten
    Collins, William RA, born 1788 - died 1847
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The Stray Kitten

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1835 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Collins, William RA, born 1788 - died 1847 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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William Collins (1788-1847) trained in London at the Royal Academy of Arts and went on to become a popular painter of landscapes and rustic genre scenes. He was particularly fond of representing children. The combination of his fine technique and the pathos of the subject in this painting appealed to a wide public, connoisseurs and amateurs alike. This version is a replica of a painting commissioned by a Mr Holden and exhibited in London at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1833. The print subsequently made after this painting was very popular, combining as it does a pretty rural setting with a sentimental subject. An appreciative biography of Collins (published in 1848) was written by his son, the novelist Wilkie Collins.

Physical description

Oil on panel entitled 'The Stray Kitten' depicting a group of children and a woman attempting to coax a kitten towards a large bowl of milk.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1835 (painted)


Collins, William RA, born 1788 - died 1847 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'W Collins 1835'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right


Height: 45.7 cm estimate, Width: 61 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'The Stray Kitten' by William Collins. Great Britain, 1835.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 37


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Children; Kitten; Cats; Figures


Children & Childhood; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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