“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should re­lax and get used to the idea.” This anony­mous apho­rism is just one of the many quoted in An­gus Hy­land and Caro­line Roberts’s new Book of the Cat. A col­lec­tion of fe­line art and il­lus­tra­tion, it takes in ev­ery­one from Warhol to Manet and Goya to David Hock­ney (Co­lette and Jules Verne too).

All of them have at one time or an­other been suf­fi­ciently in­spired by cats to try to cap­ture their grace and ele­gance in paint or pen­cil or prose.

Here, Rus­sian-born, Lon­don-based il­lus­tra­tor Vania Zouravliov com­bines fe­line with fem­i­nine grace. Zouravliov was born in Vladimir (one of Rus­sia’s me­dieval cap­i­tals) and by the end of the 1990s was study­ing at Ed­in­burgh Col­lege of Art be­fore de­camp­ing to Lon­don where he has worked for Nike and on al­bum cov­ers for Du­ran Du­ran and Beck, as well as ed­i­to­rial il­lus­tra­tion for mag­a­zines such as Creative Re­view, Lit­tle White Lies, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, The Fader, Grafik and the New York Times.

What is not clear is whether he has a cat him­self. If not, some­one might want to help him out. For as Charles Dick­ens has said: “What greater gift than the love of a cat?”

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