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Shugborough - the Cat Monument

 

One of the monuments on the estate.  It seems that there are two explanations for the existence of the monument: one says that it was a memorial to the ship's cat that went round the world with Anson (subsequently First Lord of the Admiralty and founder of the Lichfield dynasty); the other that it is a memorial to a family cat, a Persian cat by the name of Khouli-Khan.  The monument dates from 1749, and is probably by Thomas Wright - who appears to have done a lot of work on the estate, but about whom I can find very little.

 

Shugborough - the Cat Monument

 

One of the monuments on the estate.  It seems that there are two explanations for the existence of the monument: one says that it was a memorial to the ship's cat that went round the world with Anson (subsequently First Lord of the Admiralty and founder of the Lichfield dynasty); the other that it is a memorial to a family cat, a Persian cat by the name of Khouli-Khan.  The monument dates from 1749, and is probably by Thomas Wright - who appears to have done a lot of work on the estate, but about whom I can find very little.

 

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Apr 2016, 03:19
Cat statuary seems like a good thong, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Or even a good thing, Ray smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Apr 2016, 05:29
We all marvelled at piece of grand excess Tom
Tom Wilson: Imagine having the money to commission and erect a statue to your cat!
Well it makes a refreshing change to see a cat honoured in such a way Tom.
Tom Wilson: It does indeed, Chad
I love that cat on top of the world Tom!
Tom Wilson: That, of course, is where cats always are!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Apr 2016, 10:02
I agree with Chad - the cat looks a bit exotic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Wright_%28astronomer%29#Garden_design
Tom Wilson: I saw that Wikipedia link, too, but I think that Wright is too early for Shugborough's cat. I've seen other mentions of him on the Web, but no detailed information about him.
Perhaps I will build a monument to cats.
Tom Wilson: Why, not - a conversation piece for your garden!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Apr 2016, 13:19
How nice to commemorate a cat
Tom Wilson: Shows a proper regard for the animal smile
fine shot of this interesting sculpture, Tom. that was some life led by this feline.
Tom Wilson: Indeed!
A few years ago my photo of this on Flickr was, with my permission, used in a book about monuments and memorials in stately home gardens.
Tom Wilson: It seems that Flickr is much used by people looking for images - one of mine appears on the jacket of two University of Chicago books! smile http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo14216907.html
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Apr 2016, 20:44
Sorry, he must be the famous Thomas Wright! "The majority of Wright‟s executed chinoiserie was at Shugborough, Staffordshire. and plasterwork from a Chinese House in the garden has been attributed to Wright ,now in the Veranda Room of the main house,includes a roundel featuring Confucius."
A POLYMATH IN ARCADIA: THOMAS WRIGHT (1711-1786) -

http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=ead/sci/wrightt.xml
It's very touching, isn't it! I kept looking for a plaque or something that would explain it - but there wasn't one.

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