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Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain

  • Things to do, Exhibitions
  • Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind, Borough of Bromley
  1. Louis Wain
    Image: Louis Wain, 165 / Bethlem Museum of the Mind
  2. Louis Wain
    Image: Louis Wain, 109 / Bethlem Museum of the Mind
  3. Louis Wain
    Image: Louis Wain, 160 / Bethlem Museum of the Mind
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Time Out Says

Featuring every kind of cat you can imagine and more, an exceptional exhibition showcasing Louis Wain's dazzling, vibrant, eclectic illustrations.

Despite being tremendously popular in his time, artist and illustrator Louis Wain has been somewhat overlooked of late. Luckily enough, he’s soon to receive the Hollywood treatment, being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in an upcoming film, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

And while that film is sure to invigorate Wain’s legacy with the respect it deserves, you can get ahead of the curve by heading over to the Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Wain is best known for capturing cats in all their various forms, and the Bethlem’s exhibition is a glorious display of some of his finest illustrations.

Expect a vibrant, characterful world of felines, ranging from the anthropomorphic to absurd. Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain is free, but you can still support both the exhibition and the Bethlem Museum of the Mind by buying from their online shop or via direct donations.

The Bethlem Museum of the Mind is open Wednesday to Friday and the first and last Saturdays of month, 10am to 5pm. See the museum’s visitor page for more details

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Details

Address:
Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham
London
BR3 3BX
Transport:
Eden Park rail, then 15min walk or 356 bus, or East Croydon rail, then 119 or 198 bus
Price:
Free
Opening hours:
Wed-Fri, 1st & last Sat of mth 10am-5pm. Pre-booked groups Mon, Tue 10am-5pm

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