Tabatha - Taking Possession of My New Table Cover
When a cat curls up in a ball with their tail swooped against their body and head tucked toward their chest, like Tabatha is in this drawing, it means they are trying to keep warm and protect themselves. You will want to protect this delightful artwork – which is one in a series of three – by adding it to your art collection. This original chalk drawing is by John Alonzo Williams (1869–1951), an American painter and illustrator born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He was an award-winning watercolourist, as well as a book and magazine illustrator, and favoured cats as his subject matter. As a member of the American Watercolour Society, the Salmagundi Club, and the National Academy of Design, Williams chose to render preparatory sketches in chalk because the medium is easy to use and requires little preparation. This particular image features Tabatha, a black and white striped tabby cat, falling asleep on a bright blue table cover. Williams uses thick lines and cross-hatching to render forms and outlines. The artist’s signature is inscribed on the bottom right corner of the work (it also appears on the two other works in this series). Today, his painting The Watchful Cat hangs in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Held in a simple yet elegant frame, here is your chance to have a revered artist’s work on your walls.
At this time in New York City, American industrial pioneer Walter P. Chrysler (1875–1940) funded the construction of a skyscraper, to be called the Chrysler Building. The structure was designed by William van Alen (1883–1954) in the Art Deco style. At 1,046 feet tall, the Chrysler Building gained and retained the title of world’s tallest building for eleven months after its completion in 1930. The building remains the tallest brick building with a steel framework in the world. The Chrysler Building was designated as a New York City Landmark in 1978, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.