Thursday, January 8, 2009

Apologies for “Kitten Party”

It was brought to my attention by Molly that the "Kitten Party" picture that I included in my "Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009" post was not a painting, as I thought, but in fact a photograph. A taxidermist/artist named Walter Potter created extremely intricate and elaborate displays using stuffed animals.

At first I was horrified when Molly told me this. Then I actually started looking at Potter's work. Dead kittens aside, his work is really pretty incredible. Look at the details in the Kitten Party picture, the tarts on the plates, the tea in the cups, the plates and saucers. And this is only half of a larger piece, the other half shows a group of kittens playing croquet in front of a house. Pretty amazing stuff, all things considered.

And don't worry, not all of his work is posed dead kittens. There are squirrels fencing (I really like that one), frogs training for track and field, rabbits in school, a monkey riding a goat, and plenty others. I was going to post pictures, but accidentally subjecting people to the Kitten Party picture was enough. I would recommend checking out some of his other stuff, though.

C'mon, you know you want to. Do it. Just go ahead and google "walter potter".

And again, my apologies for making you looking at dead kittens before. I swear, it (probably) won't happen again.

1 comment:

Brad said...


Well, I...uh...