[The cat's paw]
|Main Creator:||O'Hea, J. F. (John Fergus), ca.1838-1922, artist.|
Original artwork signed "Spex" [pseudonym of the illustrator John Fergus O'Hea] in lower right hand corner for an illustration published on p. 231 of 'The Lepracaun', October 1911 which depicts a monkey wearing a hat (inscribed "J. Bull") attempting to force a cat, (who is wearing a hat inscribed "Pat" and has "ASRSI" inscribed across its' chest) to touch burning coals - it yowls in pain. The coals visible in the grate are inscribed with the words "Irish Trade", "Butter", "Wages", "Eggs", "Bacon" and "Fish". Published caption: Monkey - (John Bull) - " I don't see why I should bur[n] my paws, when I can get a foolish cat like you to do the job." handwritten manuscript note in pencil on verso : I don't see why I should [burn?] my paws when I can get - a foolish cat (an idiot is crossed out) like this to do the job.
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Formerly held at PD 4533 TB.
Published in: The Lepracaun, October 1911, p.231.
Physical description: 1 drawing : pen and ink ; 21 x 31 cm.
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Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.