Phileas T. Cat

A Noble Feline

Phileas T. Cat
8.5" x 11"
Charcoal on Archival Print Paper
2007

King Cat

Since he couldn't travel abroad with my brother, I made a small drawing of Phileas that he could easily pack along and lay flat.

Phileas T. Cat


My Brother's Cat

Growing up we had many generations of outdoor cats. They kept our small gardens free of rodents. There are many checkered stories from some crossbreeding with a wild bobcat to having a whole generation named for the cats for the seminal broadway musical of the same name.

Flash forward to the late 90s as my brother went east to attain his PhD. He took with him 2 kitties. Quark and Phileas. Quark was the runt of the bunch, so was named for the subatomic particle. Phileas was named for the great adventurer of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. Quark, unfortunately, had a heart condition. Phileas stayed on until 2016, a full life of 18+ years.

In the mid 2000s, my brother traveled to England to teach. My parents and I were charged with Phileas’ care, but I didn’t want my brother to miss him so I did this 8.5” x 11” charcoal drawing of Phileas presented here. I honestly think it’s one of my best ever. This is Phileas T. Cat: Lord of Adam, Perfect Purr Extraodinaire, Keeper of the Sun-Lit Nap & Defender of the Lap.


Phileas was a Good Kitty