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 Louis William Wain

Louis William Wain

Clerkenwell, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Death 4 Jul 1939 (aged 78)
St Albans, St Albans District, Hertfordshire, England
Burial Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Plot Grave # 3654 - under his Fathers grave marked Matthew William Wain
Memorial ID 8212267 · View Source
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Artist. He is most famous for his paintings of cats, and his illustrations were most popular during the late 1800's, being featured in magazines, books, and postcards. His cats were often depicted in human situations , such as playing cards, sipping tea, fishing, and having a day at the beach. His main source of inspiration was his cat Peter, whom he shared with his wife, Emily Richardson, who died of cancer, only 3 years into their marriage. Despite the popularity, and demand for his illustrations, he had his share of personal problems. Distraught over the loss of his wife, he also began having financial difficulties due to poor business skills, and the fact that he had to support his sisters, which only added to more financial strain. Aside from painting, he was also involved in many cat related charity groups such as The Society for the Protection of Cats, and the Anti-vivisection Society. He also served as President and Chairman for many years for the National Cat Club. Later in life, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and was institutionalized in a paupers ward. When the public found out, appeals were made on his behalf to have him transferred to a more comfortable hospital, where he remained until his death. The progression of his illness through his works; his once charming and lively cats of his earlier works, began to take on a much more paraniod and agitated appearance. Even while hospitalized, he still continued to paint. His mental deterioration never interfered with his talent and love of cats.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 8212267
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louis William Wain (5 Aug 1860–4 Jul 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8212267, citing St Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .