Born: 1860 August 5 in Clerkenwell, London, England, United Kingdom

Died: 1939 July 4 in London Colney, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Biography: Additional biographical information on Wain found in:
Wikipedia, "Louis Wain",;
Illustration Chronicles,;
Lambiek, "Louis Wain",; and
CFA Foundation's Cat-O-Pedia, "Louis William Wain",
and in books:
Louis Wain; The Man Who Drew Cats, by Rodney Dale, William Kimber and Co, Limited, 1968;
Catland, by Rodney Dale, Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd., 1977;
Louis Wain; King of the Cat Artists, by Heather Latimer, Papyrus Publishers, 1982;
Louis Wain's Edwardian Cats, Michael Parkin, Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1983;
Especially Cats; Louis Wain's Humorous Postcards, by Cynthia Christopher Delulio & Else Speedby Ross, 1985;
Cats in Books, by Rodney Dale, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1997; and
Cat Compendium: The Worlds of Louis Wain, by Peter Haining, editor, Peter Owen Publishers, 2004.

Louis Wain was a British artist, illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist most famously known for his anthropomorphized cats and kittens with large eyes.

Wain's first publication of his cats was with an illustration entitled, "The Kittens' Christmas Party" in The Illustrated London News (George C. Leighton, 1842 series) v88#2488 (December 25, 1886).

The Louis Wain Annual featuring his cat drawings began in 1901 and continued until at least 1921.

His work began being reprinted worldwide in the 1890s.

Wain came to New York in 1907, creating the syndicated comic strip Catville, featuring his signature cats.

His syndicated comic strip work included:
An untitled Louis Wain cat Sunday comic strip (New York Journal) 1897-10-17 - 1898-12-11 [Writer, pencils, inks, and letters.];
What Really Happened to Puss in Boots Sunday comic strip (American-Journal-Examiner) 1908-08-23 - 1908-10-11 [May have continued into November 1908. Writer, pencils, inks, and letters.];
Catville Sunday panel (American-Journal-Examiner) 1907-11-10 - 1911-01-15 [Writer, pencils, inks, and letters.];
Cat Tales Sunday panel (World Color Printing) 1910-07-10 - 1910-12-25 [Pencil and inks.];
An untitled Louis Wain cat Sunday comic strip (Newspaper Feature Service) 1913-12-07 - 1914-07-26 [Writer, pencils, inks, and letters.]; and
Among the Best Families in Catville Sunday panel (Newspaper Feature Service) 1914-11-01 - 191X-XX-XX [Writer, pencils, inks, and letters.].

Notes: Wain died at Napsbury Hospital, London.


    Louis Wain Type: Common Alternative Name

Other Names:

  1. Louis William Wain Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Louis William Family name: Wain