Girl with a Cat (Gwen John)

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Girl with a Cat
ArtistGwen John Edit this on Wikidata
Mediumoil paint, canvas
Dimensions33.7 cm (13.3 in) × 26.7 cm (10.5 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art
Accession No.1976.201.25 Edit this on Wikidata
IdentifiersThe Met object ID: 481489

Girl with a Cat is a portrait painting by Gwen John in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1]


The work depicts a seated girl holding a black house cat with a window behind her. The figure wears a blue apron with white polka dots.[2]

Early history and creation[edit]

The work was painted before autumn 1921, likely during the late 1910s to early 1920s.[3]

Exhibition history[edit]

Dates Gallery City Show
Sep 12 – Nov 3, 1985 Barbican Art Gallery London Gwen John: An Interior Life, no. 28 (as "Girl with Cat")[4]
Nov 28 – Jan 26, 1985–86 Manchester City Art Gallery Manchester Gwen John: An Interior Life, no. 28[4]
Feb 26 – April 20, 1986 Yale Center for British Art New Haven Gwen John: An Interior Life, no. 28[4]


  1. ^ "Girl with a Cat". Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  2. ^ "How Painter Gwen John Started The "Single Women And Cats" Stereotype". Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ Langdale, Cecily (1987). Gwen John: With a Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings and a Selection of the Drawings. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  4. ^ a b c "Girl with a Cat,1918–22".