Sir Henry Welcome’s Cats

Not only is the Welcome Trust museum a wonderful place to spend an afternoon but it also has a cat collection, this covers; witchcraft, medical cats, lucky cats and mumified cats, in fact all kinds of cats.

Sir Henry Welcome had 2 cats who he dotted on.. “They had a mansion all to themselves next to Regent’s Park in London. Although he didn’t live with them all the time (preferring to stay in a hotel in Portland Place) he was an attentive owner who recognised his cat’s very particular needs.”

I love this about black cats..
“In around 1232, Pope Gregory IX supposedly issued the Vox in Rama condemning a form of devil worshipping. Part of the ritual described included the worship of a diabolical black cat known as the “master”, leading to the vilification of black cats across Western Europe for centuries.”

In other words normal cat behaviour.. worship of the cat…

http://blog.wellcomecollection.org/2014/07/30/museumcats/

 

 

cat running

L0057378 Amulet brooch in the shape of a black cat, England, 1914-191

“This black cat amulet was said to have been carried for protection and good luck by a British soldier fighting during the First World War”.

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