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Filename: aa066277.jpg

Size: 4332 x 4364 (11.7MB)

Date: 27th January 2016

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

Job Title: Photographer

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Cat librarian a066277

A cat sits on top of a bookshelf in the library at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11 South Grove, Highgate, London. Photographed by John Gay in 1974

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EDITORS COMMENTS
In this photograph captured by John Gay in 1974, we are transported to the enchanting world of the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution in London. Perched gracefully atop a towering bookshelf, a feline guardian reigns over the realm of knowledge. Meet our esteemed Cat Librarian, a066277. With an air of regality and wisdom, this elegant creature takes its rightful place amidst rows upon rows of literary treasures. Its piercing gaze seems to hold secrets untold, as if it possesses an innate understanding of every word that graces those shelves. The library's hallowed halls come alive with curiosity and charm under the watchful eye of our furry custodian. As sunlight streams through stained glass windows, casting ethereal patterns on well-worn pages below, one can almost hear the whispers of countless stories waiting to be discovered. This image captures not only a moment frozen in time but also embodies the timeless allure and magic that libraries have always held for us. John Gay's masterful composition allows us to glimpse into this unique sanctuary where literature intertwines with nature seamlessly. It serves as a reminder that even within these walls built by human hands lies room for creatures great and small to find solace among words penned by brilliant minds. Let this mesmerizing print transport you back in time; let it inspire you to explore new realms through literature while cherishing the beauty found within unexpected companionship – all thanks to our beloved Cat Librarian at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution

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