Lionel LINDSAY, Cat eating shrimps. Enlarge 1 /1


Creswick, Victoria, Australia 1874 – Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia 1961

  • Europe 1902-03
  • Europe 1910
  • England, Europe 1925-27
  • North Africa, India, Europe 1928-30
  • Europe 1933-34

Cat eating shrimps. c.1922 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper wood-engraving, printed in black ink, from one block Support: cream wove Japanese vellum paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression
Edition: edition unknown, very few printed

Primary Insc: signed lower left below printed image in black pencil, 'Lionel Lindsay'. not dated. not titled.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed by Peter Lindsay lower left corner of sheet in black pencil, 'Cat & Shrimps'.
Dimensions: printed image 7.2 h x 11.1 w cm sheet 12.2 h x 17.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.1189
Image rights: © National Library of Australia
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from The Town Gallery, Brisbane, 1976.

Look at this sleepy cat sitting on a window sill. The cat’s eyes are closed while it enjoys lazing in a favourite spot in the sun. Notice the work of art’s title. What is a siesta? Have you ever enjoyed a sleep in the afternoon? What would the cat be dreaming about?

The artist, Lionel Lindsay, was a very skilled printmaker who was often inspired by gardens and animals.

The other cat is eating some sea creatures called shrimps. The cat uses its paws to help it eat. Did you notice the basket behind the cat? What would the basket be used for?

Activity: Using lead pencils or charcoal draw what you think is inside the basket.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra