HALE | Two illustrations of Orlando the Marmalade Cat, [c. 1971]
Two illustrations of Orlando the Marmalade Cat, comprising:
i) Orlando in a Blue Cape, 230 by 165mm., signed "K. HALE" lower right with caption "Christmas 1971";
ii) Rotund Orlando, 130 by 120mm., unsigned, on headed notepaper ("Tod House, Forest Hill, near Oxford") with caption "Orlando is delighted with | his | wider margins"), some browning, caption faded;
both pencil and watercolour, framed and glazed
Orlando (The Marmalade Cat) featured in around twenty illustrated books by Kathleen Hale. The first illustration, here, shows Orlando's tail entwined with that of his wife, Grace. The tails of their three kittens also peep out from the bottom of the cape. The choice of garment is presumably a visual pun on the name of Orlando's publisher, Jonathan Cape.
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