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    Sale 12034

    Christie's Interiors

    16 March 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 401

    Louis Louis William Wain (Clerkenwell 1860-1939 St. Albans)

    'We're all going to "Berlin on the spree"

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    Louis Louis William Wain (Clerkenwell 1860-1939 St. Albans)
    'We're all going to "Berlin on the spree"
    signed 'Louis Wain' (lower left) inscribed as title (lower centre) and inscribed 'ENGLAND/FRANCE/RUSSIA/BELGIUM' (lower centre) and with an additional inscription and signature (on a piece of paper attached to the mount, lower left)
    pencil, pen and ink and bodycolour on paper
    8 ½ x 13 in. (21.7 x 33 cm.)


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    'Striped cats rank with Mascot cats as Wain 'pedigrees' of capricious cheer and inventive flair. They also had their genesis in the early days of the Annuals and were perfected later to star in postcards by Raphael Tuck in their 'Stripes to the Front' series in about 1916, and in a series by Solomon Brothers in 1914, where patriotic World War One soldier cats wear their amended stripes in Union Jack motifs.' (C. Beetles, Louis Wain's CATS, 2011.)