Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cat Thursday: Penfield Cats

Edward Penfield (1866-1925) has always been one of my favorite illustrators. He was considered "The Father of the American Poster," but also contributed covers and other artwork to just about all the popular magazines of his day. Here's his cover for the May 1897 edition of Harper's magazine:

He portrayed people at work and play - sometimes along with their pets, as in this calendar also from 1897.

He seemed to be especially fond of cats - he even used one for his personal bookplate.

Cat Thursday is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict


  1. What great images. I'll have to look for his work. Take care.

  2. Love his illustrations. I will remember his name, Edward Penfield. I've never heard of him. Cats can teach us so much.

  3. Oh, those are great. I think I may have seen some calendars from this era at my grandmother's house...way back in the day.

    Here's my CAT THURSDAY

  4. I love artwork like this! I'll have to look him up. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I've seen Penfield's work before, but I never made the connection with cats. Thanks for the information and posters.

  6. I love vintage artwork...especially when it depicts cats. I have never seen these particular pieces. Thanks so much for sharing!


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