Nodding cat

Untitled, circa 1935 - 1939. Marion Kirker. Gift of Anne Kirker, 1993. Te Papa

Untitled, circa 1935 – 1939. Marion Kirker. Gift of Anne Kirker, 1993. Te Papa

Sometimes there is little information about some of the photographs in the collection. I love this image. It was taken in the 1930s by Marion Kirker (1879-1971). Yet I wonder: who is the man? Is it his cat? Why photograph them? What is the cat looking at?

The man seems to be holding onto the cat to stop it getting away, and yet he looks straight at the camera clearly aware of the intent of recording the moment. It seems the idea of having this image taken is important to him – or maybe he just wanted to please the photographer?

4 Responses

  1. Lissa Mitchell

    Hi Linda – yes, the photograph is one of many Anne gave the museum by her aunt. It is an lovely collection. I’m curious that you say the man was a “professional photographer’s model” – what is meant by that?
    cheers
    Lissa

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  2. Linda Tyler

    Anne Kirker (previously Senior Curator, New Zealand Art at the National Art Gallery and author of New Zealand Women Artists) gifted this photograph to the collection. It is a photograph made by her aunt, Marion Kirker, in London, using a professional photographer’s model. Both Anne and her aunt were crazy about cats, hence the niece being given the photo.

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  3. heather

    that cat has the best striped jodphurs – that’s what he wanted us to enjoy.

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  4. soliru

    At least they both look happy

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