Purchased directly from the artist by the previous owner
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Animals in Art, 8 January – 16 March 2014;
Somerset, Hestercombe Gallery, A Personal Passion, 25 April – 5 July 2015;
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Century: 100 Modern British Artists, 23 October 2016 – 8 January 2017
The Curious Cat makes a fine partner to the painting Cat on a Roof already in the collection. The subject is again domestic, and painted with the sensitivity to surface that Walter Sickert achieved, a painter whom Spear held in great regard. His handling of paint is impressionistic and in this work the warm colours of the flowers sing against the cooler grey tones of the interior.