Alphonse Legros, 'The Black Cat'

Alphonse Legros, 'The Black Cat'

Alphonse Legros (1837-1911)
'The Black Cat'
About 1860-61
Etching
Museum no. CAI 180
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Legros made a series of etchings illustrating Baudelaire's translations of the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. The Black Cat tells of a man who murders his wife and conceals her body behind a cellar wall. With vigorous, almost crude lines Legros represents the awful discovery of the corpse, when the mewing of a cat, also interred, reveals its presence.