Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cats and academia: a short history

Swing over to this link for an interesting article on cats and academia.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center


The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center has a nice collection of cats images from the 18th century. Well worth checking out:
https://www.scribd.com/document/254040814/Animals-The-Cat

Sunday, March 26, 2017

De Sève's Cats

I just love stumbling on cats during my research. Recently, I was looking for a few 18th century engravings to illustrate one of my presentations when I came across these wonderful images. They were created by Jacques de Sève, one of the main illustrators for Buffon's Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi. 

Source: 

Le Chat sauvage [The Wild Cat] 

Le chat domestique [The Domestic Cat]

Le Chat d'Espagne [The Spanish (Calico) Cat]

Le Chat des Chartreux [The Chartreux Cat]

Le Chat d'Angora [The Angora Cat]



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Aberdeen Bestiary

Heads up for those who love illuminated manuscript! The University of Aberdeen has just digitized this beautiful bestiary. Check it out! http://www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Academics with Cats

I can't believe I forgot to mention that there are "#twitterstorians" who regularly post images of their cats under the hashtag #academicswithcats. Yours truly is often there posting pictures of his own cats. Did I mention we now have a second cat since last year? Little Diderot!


Friday, September 9, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Cat, by Wenceslaus Hollar

Nothing big for this post. I was simply googling an image reference to the 17th century Czech artist Wenceslaus Hollar when I stumbled on these feline-related engravings by him: