Sleeping Cat

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

Catalogue Raisonné

De Crauzat 098


Platemark: 11.9 x 23.4 cm (4 11/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Softground etching, aquatint, and drypoint, printed in yellow and black from two zinc plates

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



The cat, whether slumbering, alert to a sound, or ready to pounce, was a source of deep inspiration for the artist T-A. Steinlen, who depicted his favored creature in virtually all media. This color intaglio print in soft-ground etching, aquatint, and drypoint reveals Steinlen’s superb ability as a technician of printmaking as well as draughtsman..


Recto: in pencil, u.r.: C 98; in pencil, l.r.: Steinlen's signature; in pencil, l.l.: 9/22; in red crayon, l.l.: (10 en couleur); in pencil, l.r.: 1.33615; in red, l.r.: ...[illegible]... 3 [in a circle]


Recto: in black ink, l.r.: stamp of M. L. Guérin


Colnaghi & Co. (London); from whom purchased by MFA February 12, 1942

Credit Line

Fund in memory of Horatio Greenough Curtis