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Monday, October 4, 2010

1+1+1 for 365, day 35: Pure cat-opera delight

“Parsifal - the kind of opera that starts at six o'clock and after it has been going three hours, you look at your watch and it says 6:20” - David Randolph

Opera Cats by Susan Herbert

I love cats - everybody who's known me for longer than a chance meeting, knows that.  The result is a large collection of cat figurines and illustrations of cats on objects - but also dozens of books about cats around my house.

Some of these deal with cat breeds or the care of your cat, but many of them are small books with sayings, stories and quotes - many of them gifts friends and family.  I enjoy them greatly.  This one by well-known artist Susan Herbert and which I received as a Christmas gift from my sister some years ago, deserves special mention - because most people who know me, also know I love music and opera (not all opera though - like David Randolph I don't much like Wagner's over-long operas and only really enjoy The Flying Dutchman).  

This is the information about Susan Herbert from the cover of the book:  she studied at the Ruskin School of Art and "having worked and painted for the English National Opera and the Theatre Royal, she now specialises in limited edition prints of theatrical animals, and exhibits frequently."

Some of her other books include Shakespeare Cats, PreRaphaelite Cats. Impressionist Cats, Medieval Cats, and The Cat's History of Western Art.   I'd love to own the whole collection. A purrfectly lovely book for a cat, art and and music-loving gal - and indeed for anyone with similar interests.

So no long stories from me today - and no pictures other than two examples from this book, which was published in 1997.   Like most of the other books by this popular artist,  it is still in print.


Purrfectly delightful


  1. Ah, Lee I love your blogs, but opera and cats,for me, are like strawberries and cream - delicious and inseperable!

  2. Hi René - fellow spirits indeed. And thanks for the compliment - I really appreciate it


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