Phos, ye cat

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From a letter to Mrs. G. Clive of 25 March 1875 after coming back from the Indian tour.

The letter complains of the changes in San Remo since the Franco-Prussian War (‘You may suppose how many Germen & Gerwomen there are, when I tell you that 37 have died here this winter alone!’), mentioning his falling income from the sale of his pictures, referring to his Indian tour (the country has ‘so fascinated me that I hardly fancy I can make any other views for the rest of my life’) and ‘Lord Northbrook’s great picture of Kinchinjunga’, and concluding with mournful description of his ‘semi-demoralized’ condition: ‘I am become like a periwinkle in the wilderness, with an owl for his dessert. It ain’t pleasant at 63 … I shall have recourse to the society of my Cat, & walk up & down the terrace.’

Christie’s, 6 June 2001.

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  1. Edward Lear and cats are clearly going to be among my favourite topics. Seeking more information on Lear’s own cat, Phos, I happened upon this blog and have become a follower – it looks like a work of art and probably contains everything you’d ever want to know about Lear. Cats and nonsense writing, what could be nicer?

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