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This piece shows two original etchings by Swiss artist Karl Bodmer (1809 - 1893). Bodmer was a painter, etcher, lithographer and explorer. Bodmer was famous during the 19th century for his animal and landscape art. These two etchings are fine examples of his work and are dated circa 1865.

The first etching is titled "Cat Preparing for Battle." The image shows a cat with an arched spine, puffed up fur, and ears pulled back; all signs of a cat ready to fight. The artist has signed his name "K. Bodmer" in the lower left corner of the image.

The second etching is titled "Cat Playing with a Snake." This wonderful image shows a curious cat prodding at a small snake in the grass. Behind them is a column covered in cascading vines. The artist has signed his name "K. Bodmer" in the lower right corner of the image.

Both original etchings sit side by side 2" apart on the same paper. The images both measure approximately 5" x 3 1/2" while the page measures approximately 9 3/4" x 13 1/2". The extreme top, left and right edges of the paper have slightly browned. The upper left and lower right corners have very small dog ears. The upper right corner has a small chip and there is a diagonal crease that sits below it. There is a small tear on the lower right corner that has been repaired with mending tape. There are very few minimal blemishes mostly along the right edge and upper right corner of the paper. These imperfections are minor and all sit well outside of the images. A new mat or frame would easily hide all imperfections.

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1860s Vintage Cat Etchings by Karl Bodmer - Cat Preparing for Battle and Cat Playing with a Snake

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