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A photographic history of rare bipedal cats and related feline apocrypha from the unplumbed depths of cat science.
A photographic history of rare bipedal cats and related feline apocrypha from the unplumbed depths of cat science.
A photographic history of rare bipedal cats and related feline apocrypha from the unplumbed depths of cat science.
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The story of James Alexander's found painting

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We have unearthed a painting of a Half-Cat made by James Alexander. The painting was found in a deck of playing cards. Four cards used as a canvas. We have strong reasons to believe it was painted while James was institutionalized in August 1913.

Found on the face of a number of playing cards in the archives of James Alexander.
Found on the face of a number of playing cards in the archives of James Alexander.
Four cards show a cat with four legs. However...
Four cards show a cat with four legs. However...
On another card contains a hastily painted attempt to represent a half-cat. We suspect that any mention of half-cats –during his institutionalization– would have prolonged his stay. Painted in secret to ease the soul.
On another card contains a hastily painted attempt to represent a half-cat. We suspect that any mention of half-cats –during his institutionalization– would have prolonged his stay. Painted in secret to ease the soul.

 Members of the Half-Cat Field Research Organization will be meeting tomorrow to appraise this treasure. It will then be made available as a new pledge level.

We urge anyone interested in this painting to message us.

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      Francoise Hinca on October 9, 2013

      I'm definitely interested in this art represented on the back of the playing cards. I like James Alexander's art style; better still, I like his ingenuity in being able to portray a half-cat to ease his soul, with no-one knowing about it. He demonstrates curiosity, passion, persistence and wonder about the world around and within him.

    2. Jeremy Noye
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      on October 9, 2013

      I definitely want a replica of the playing cards deck ! I even would buy 3 of it as I already know how to use it in my "cabinet de curiosités"...

    3. Kathryn MacDonald on October 8, 2013

      Such a tortured soul.