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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:26 PM

An art historian's cat clawed a hole into the 17th century painting he was restoring.

Alex Wexelman

The Internet is teeming with videos of cats swiping objects off of dressers. Damage is usually negligible and our furry friends are forgiven. Bendor Grosvenor’s cat, however, is in the doghouse now after it clawed a 17th century portrait its owner bought for £5,250 ($6,680) in 2015.

Grosvenor, an art historian who has appeared on the BBC series Britain’s Lost Masterpieces and Fake or Fortune?, was restoring his John Michael Wright painting. “As I stood back to admire my handiwork, up jumped our cat, landing forcefully in the centre of the painting with a crunch,” he told The Telegraph. “Disaster.”

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His cat Padme, Grosvenor added, is “not a fan of John Michael Wright, and regrets nothing.”

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-art-historians-cat-clawed-hole-17th-century-painting-restoring
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I learned long ago that the house is the cat's. We're merely the bill payers. If it's not out of reach, it's fair game.

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Reply An art historian's cat clawed a hole into the 17th century painting he was restoring. (Original post)
catbyte Jan 11 OP
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applegrove Jan 11 #4
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cyclonefence Jan 11 #3
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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:33 PM

1. They will be attracted

To whatever you are paying more attention to than them 🙂

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Response to TDale313 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:57 PM

4. Exactly. I've had many torn up newspapers.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:37 PM

2. Ooooh, kitty...

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:45 PM

3. Wish there'd been a photo of the painting

kitty sez if there's no photo it didn't happen.

As I carefully removed from the tree and wrapped individually in tissue paper the christmas ornaments I inherited from my grandmothers, my cat came out of nowhere, jumped into the middle of the box and blissfully kneaded that 19th century mercury glass into so many shards. I put the lid on and stored the box in the basement.

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:02 PM

5. That's why I gave up having nice things decades ago.

It's either them...or the cat. And, looking back at the love, companionship, and laughs cats have given given me over the years, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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