Cat of the Old Curiosity Shop

by Art at Home (Kath&Company)

  • Artist Jack Hilton
  • Date 2021
  • Size 40.5 x 53cm
  • Materials Oil pastel on paper (mounted with a white frame)

This is a cat slinking around Dickens’ ‘Old Curiosity Shop.’ One of the artists I share a studio with has a room packed with old Victoriana – taxidermy birds, old dolls and vintage cards with cowboys on the back. Working next to this space got me thinking about the novel, and I wanted to create an image of this beautiful, jumbled interior with everything from another century lying about. The cat came later, as I felt like any proper old Curio shop would have one prowling around.


About the Artist

Jack Hilton lives and works in Brighton.  His narrative oil pastel works and energetic colour palette take their inspiration from literature, myth and history. Jack comes from a strong artistic heritage; his father is the abstract artist Bo Hilton and his grandparents were the acclaimed St. Ives artists Roger and Rose Hilton.