Girl with a Cat (Gwen John)

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Girl with a Cat
Girl with a Cat MET 1976.201.25.jpg
ArtistGwen John Edit this on Wikidata
Year20th century
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 20th century painting (portrait) by Gwen John. It is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1]

Early history and creation[edit]

The work was painted before autumn 1921, likely during the late 1910s to early 1920s.[2]

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")[3]
Nov 28 – Jan 26, 1985–86 Manchester City Art Gallery Manchester "Gwen John: An Interior Life," no. 28[3]
Feb 26 – April 20, 1986 Yale Center for British Art New Haven "Gwen John: An Interior Life," no. 28[3]


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.[4]


  1. ^ "Girl with a Cat". Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  2. ^ Langdale, Cecily (1987). Gwen John: With a Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings and a Selection of the Drawings. Gwen John Catalog Raisonne.
  3. ^ a b c "Girl with a Cat,1918–22".
  4. ^ "How Painter Gwen John Started The "Single Women And Cats" Stereotype". Retrieved 2019-07-25.