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The Cat’s Monument 


Date: 1750 - 1775 (c.)  The Cat's monument is situated on an island accessed by the bridge beside the Chinese House. It was probably designed by Thomas Wright, who also worked on the Ruin.

 

There are two theories behind the purpose of the monument; one is that it commemorates a cat which travelled around the world with Admiral Anson on the 'Centurion'. The second is that it was built as a memorial to Kouli-Khan, a Persian cat kept by Thomas Anson. Anson also kept a herd of Corsican goats, a favourite breed of the family, which feature around the base of the monument.

 

The monument was possibly built against another structure, as the rear of the monument is of rough stonework. The tablet on the front was added c.1770 and is of Codestone.

 

This picture , which you have seen before, was in a "Candid" competition at my Club on Tuesday evening.  According to the Judge to make it candid I should have excluded Tim on the right, and concentrated only on Edgars face and shoulders on the left, as it is it doesn't work according to him!!!  Mr.Trim, with his marvellous efforts, must be going wrong somewhere, for the life of me I can't work out where it is!!

Shugborough 5/7

The Cat’s Monument 


Date: 1750 - 1775 (c.)  The Cat's monument is situated on an island accessed by the bridge beside the Chinese House. It was probably designed by Thomas Wright, who also worked on the Ruin.

 

There are two theories behind the purpose of the monument; one is that it commemorates a cat which travelled around the world with Admiral Anson on the 'Centurion'. The second is that it was built as a memorial to Kouli-Khan, a Persian cat kept by Thomas Anson. Anson also kept a herd of Corsican goats, a favourite breed of the family, which feature around the base of the monument.

 

The monument was possibly built against another structure, as the rear of the monument is of rough stonework. The tablet on the front was added c.1770 and is of Codestone.

 

This picture , which you have seen before, was in a "Candid" competition at my Club on Tuesday evening.  According to the Judge to make it candid I should have excluded Tim on the right, and concentrated only on Edgars face and shoulders on the left, as it is it doesn't work according to him!!!  Mr.Trim, with his marvellous efforts, must be going wrong somewhere, for the life of me I can't work out where it is!!

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Oct 2011, 01:03
What variety of cat is this...the Grinning Cheshire?

Not bad, Brian, for bloke who confesses to not much liking cats, heh!
Brian Walbey: Actually we had a cat when I was a child, Mickey we called him. I just grew away from them I suppose, I'm o.k.as long as they don't come and sit on my lap or something.
Nice story to go with the picture, Brian.

Re the other picture, perhaps the judge thought it was not truely candid because Tim was looking directly at the camera, whereas Eddie appears unaware of it.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila. Actually the judge wanted Tim out of the picture, his idea of a candid was a head and shoulders shot of a single person who wasn't looking at the camera!!
Great composition Brian.... i have never seen a monument for a cat since the early Egyptian timessmile....petersmile

I can see nothing wrong with your candid picture of the two old dudes Briansmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. Re the candid actually the judge wanted Tim out of the picture, his idea of a candid was a head and shoulders shot of a single person who wasn't looking at the camera!!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Oct 2011, 06:37
All our cat lovers will be proud that he's top of the heap, Brian. smile

I suppose the candid shot would be more candid to your judge if Tim weren't looking at you?
Brian Walbey: They will indeed Ginnie. Re the candid actually the judge wanted Tim out of the picture, his idea of a candid was a head and shoulders shot of a single person who wasn't looking at the camera!!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Oct 2011, 07:16
This must be quite unique Brian
Brian Walbey: I guess it probably is Chris.
it could do with some cleaning
Brian Walbey: Most of these sort of things in gardens do Chantal, mind you the garden and grounds cover a very big area for the gardeners to deal with everything.
I think a cat monument is an excellent idea!

Re the competition, that is why I don't enter them.
Brian Walbey: I thought you would Bill. Re the candid actually the judge wanted Tim out of the picture, his idea of a candid, which he stated, is a head and shoulders shot of a single person who isn't looking at the camera!!
So it's true then ''That whilst humans look at people directly cats just look down at them.''

No comment on your anecdote ... But the boys have got the judge's home address.

;-)
Brian Walbey: Well this one is looking down Richard. Re the candid actually the judge wanted Tim out of the picture, his idea of a candid, which he stated, is a head and shoulders shot of a single person who isn't looking at the camera!!
I think the carving on this is wonderful Brian. It was very interesting reading about the cat.
Brian Walbey: Whoever got this done must have been very fond of their cat I think.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 7 Oct 2011, 08:56
I have never seen a monument with a cat on it before Brian, super.
Brian Walbey: No nor have I Chad, thanks for your comment.
An imposing monument, must have been a champion mouser smile
Brian Walbey: Yes it must have been a special cat for sure John.
Whatever the reason this must have been some cat. When our cats pass on to the great mousehunt in the sky they get a simple garden burial with a new bush or shrub planted ont top.
Brian Walbey: I think we've all got animals of some sort or other buried in our gardens Martin.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Oct 2011, 13:56
He must have really loved his cat. smile
Brian Walbey: Yes it must have been a special one I reckon Linda.
Now you don't see cat monuments very often. Interesting theories and nice shot.
Brian Walbey: No you don't I agree Janet.
My feeling is that it is completely out of proportions. Most likely the upper part, jar with the cat & the corsican goats was put on top of the existing basin for whatever reason: Fear of cats?? Even the colors of the two elements are different, meaning different exposure.
Brian Walbey: Yes it does look as though the top was put on at a later date, perhaps that is why tonally it is a bit lighter, not being so old.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Oct 2011, 18:43
That's the first of heard of a monument to a cat. Such noble animals and well deserving of such a structure. I'd like to think that this commemorated Admiral Anson's cat.


I've said it before, judges know naff all sometimes! How their minds work is beyond me. Tim was the more of a character in your shot.
Brian Walbey: I guess nobody will ever know what this memorial really represents. This Judge has caused quite a stir in my club, we have an e-mail forum going at the moment on the subject of Candid, general opinion seems to be the guy is a p****ck!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Oct 2011, 19:38
That's a pretty hefty monument to a cat! Takes all sorts as they say!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is certainly a bit more than a little pile of stones in the back garden where the rabbit was buried many years ago!
I love the cat monument - and I think the Judge knows nothing.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth, on both counts.

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