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Clarence's

Eight Lives

a cat paper doll in watercolor

by David Claudon

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Clarence is no ordinary cat. He can imagine himself throughout history. All illustrations are ©1999 David Claudon.


 

 

The Mighty Ramses (ca 1190 BCE)

Clarence wears a white draped skirt and a decorated girdle. He carries two crooks, one with a symbolic flail. His royal diadem has the uraeus (protective cobra). In his ears are gold earrings. Colors for jewelry would include carnelian (red), turquoise, light blue, lapis blue, faience green.

 

Hector (ca 1150 BCE)

Clarence wears a bronze cuirass with overlapping scales. On his chest is a cat Aegis (Medusa's head) to ward off evil. His legs are covered with greaves. He carries a round shield and a small dagger. The chiton seen under the armor could be yellow, green, dark red or purple.

 

 

The Lord of Misrule (ca 1530)

Here Clarence finds himself a court jester about the time of Henry VIII. He wears a parti-colored tunic in blue with gold spots and scarlet with gold stripes. His sleeves, hood with ear pieces, long slops, and hosen are also parti-colored. He wears a bell on his hood and rows of bells on his legs. The bauble he carries is in his own likeness. From Herbert Norris, Costume & Fashion: The Tudors (Vol. III, Book 1), (1938), New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, Inc., page 300.

 

Sir Percival (ca 1560)

Clarence's armor is inspired by North Italian tilt armor, shown in a color plate by Angus McBride in Christopher Gravett, Knights at Tournament (Elite Series, No. 17), (1988), London, Osprey.

 

Puss-in-Boots (ca 1580)

Charles Perrault's character wears a doublet (jacket) trunk hose (balloon shorts), and red leather boots from the late Elizabethan Period. He wears a medallion he received from the Order of the Mouse. He wears a floppy lace collar.

 

Chinese Warlord

Clarence wears a navy blue makwa (horse jacket) and yellow garment reserved for the royal family. The garment has cloud and green and red dragon embroiderey motifs. The blue bottom section of the garment shows rain pouring from the clouds. His pale blue underskirt can also be seen. His red cap with black trim has a green tassel. he carries a short bow and its carrying case. The black velvet shoes with thick white felt soles are trimmed with gold braid. From Max Tilke, Costume Patterns & Designs (1990), New York: Rizzoli, plate 91.

 

Little Crow, a Sioux cat from ca 1870

Clarence wears a navy breechcloth, and a red-ochre-stained Sious war shirt, which was painted black, red, and green to match the bead work. On the shirt are indicated cats Little Crow has killed. Inspired by Richard Hook's Color Plate D in Jason Hook, The American Plains Indians (Men-at-Arms Series, No. 163) 1984), London: Osprey.

 

Uncle Socks

Clarence wears a traditional Uncle Sam red and white jacket, navy vest with white stars and white trousers. He wears a mask and body suit in honor of the Clinton's First Cat, Socks.

   

 

 

 

 

This three panel set is available printed in 300 dpi.

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This page was created by David Claudon, 6 May 2002.

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