Mimi MatthewsMimi Matthews

Animal History


Katrina: A Victorian Ballet of Cats

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 musical Cats wasn't the first production to feature a cast of dancers dressed in cat costumes....

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Never Bring a Dog into a Drawing Room: The Etiquette of Paying Calls with Pets

In the Victorian era, when paying a call on a friend or acquaintance, etiquette manuals decreed that one should never bring along one’s dog....

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Charles Dickens and Timber Doodle, the Flea-Ridden Dog

In the mid-nineteenth century, Charles Dickens had a small, shaggy Havana spaniel named Timber Doodle....

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A Scientific Justification for Spinsters: Old Maids and Cats in the Victorian Era

An article in the 1880 edition of the Dundee Courier declares that “the old maid would not be typical of her class without the cat.”...

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The Dog on the Train: A Victorian Fox Terrier at King's Cross Station

In 1879, a small fox terrier was known to regularly ride the train home alone after dropping his owner off at college in London....

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Emblems of the Soul: Butterflies in Victorian Fashion and Folklore

Victorians had a fascination with natural history that manifested itself in various ways, not the least of which was in fashionable clothing and décor....

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