Friday Photo: For Peabody

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Today’s post is in honor of my kitten, Peabody. I’m feeling uninspired this morning and thought about just posting her picture. She’s a terror, but she’s adorable. But since she has nothing to do with the 18th century, I did a few quick searches and found pictures of 18th century ladies and their cats instead. In this print from 1788, a lady is not being very nice to her poor cat, taunting it with a bird:

From the Lewis Walpole Library

Peabody would not stand for that. This lady better watch out for her hat, as her cat is seconds away from gnawing on its ribbons:

From the Lewis Walpole Library

Peabody would approve – she enjoys chewing on the bow on her collar. In this charming painting from 1745 by Jean Baptiste Perronneau, the kitten apparently symbolizes “the wildness of nature intruding upon the innocence of childhood:”

From the National Gallery, London

I think Peabody and I should have our portrait painted. She could represent the wildness of nature intruding upon my ability to sleep in. Hope you all have a restful weekend, undisturbed by misbehaving pets!

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 in by Hammond-Harwood House



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The mission of the Hammond-Harwood House Association is to preserve and to interpret the architecturally significant Hammond-Harwood House Museum and its collection of fine and decorative arts, and to explore the diverse social history associated with its occupants, both free and enslaved, for the purposes of education and appreciation.
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