Louis Wain in Leek

On the 4 September our Education Officer will be speaking at the Nicholson Gallery in Leek in connection with their current exhibition of the works of Louis Wain.

Wain was a hugely popular illustrator of the second half of the nineteenth century, known for his drawings of cats engaged in various, often humourous, activities. His cats were instantly reognisable by their distinctively shaped eyes and perky ears and appeared in a wide variety of places from annuals, postcards, posters and cards. It was even said that ‘it wasn’t Christmas until there was a Louis Wain Christmas card on the mantlepiece.’ Wain’s mental state deteriorated towards the end of his life and he spent his latter years in care, including a number of years in Bethlem Hospital.

The talk will explore the life of Louis Wain, and put his work in the context of the wider Bethlem art collection, from which the exhibition is drawn.

Further information and booking details can be found on the Art Gallery Website.

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