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Illustration Art, Boxing Cats, Cat Fight, Whimsical Cartoon, Antique Drawing, 1899


Herbert Whitley
There is more Pleasure in Giving than Receiving
American: January 1, 1899
Pen and ink on paper, mounted on card
Signed and dated lower right, titled lower center
6.25 x 8.5 inches, overall
6.75 x 9 inches, framed

Pen and ink cartoon of a literal cat fight, a sardonic take on the proverb “There is more pleasure in giving than receiving.” Two alley cats box in the moonlight, standing on their hind legs and wearing boxing gloves; one has landed a blow knocking the other cat off a stone wall. In the sky above them a crescent moon with a face looks on, and a bat flies by. Houses are indicated in the background.

Condition: Illustration generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Usual overall light wear to vintage, possibly original, frame.

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19th Century