Louis Wain, schizophrenia and cats’ eyes

Louis Wain's schizophrenic cats eyes from Home Notes 1899

Louis Wain’s schizophrenic cats’ eyes from Home Notes 1899

Louis Wain was famous to Victorians as ‘the man who drew cats’. There is a theory that Wain had schizophrenia and that the development of the illness can be seen in his cat drawings.

It was not until 1924 that his sisters had him committed to a mental hospital, but this rarely seen sketch from the popular women’s weekly Home Notes in 1899 shows that he had a thing about cats’ eyes even at the height of his powers.

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