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'They're All On Strike' Said Honest Jim, 'Except Ten Blasted Mice. Get Rid of Them, Cat!' 'I'm Going Slow' I Said 'but Name Your Price'

Willie Rushton (1937-1996)



9 ½ x 8 inches

From the Collection of Dr Aidan Mcgennis, MB, DPM, MRC Psych

Humphrey, The Nine Lives of the Number Ten Cat, London: Pavilion Books, 1995, page 27

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1871-2022', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, November-December 2022, no 230

"The dustmen stopped working. All the gravediggers stopped working. I refused to leave the premises. It was very unpleasant out. Chaos. Certainly Unfit for Cats.
In a way, you had to admire old Jim. In the middle of all this, like Lord Nelson before him, Jim said, 'I see no chaos'. Admittedly, when he said it he was on his way back from a Summit Conference in sunny Guadeloupe. He then lost a vote of 'no confidence' in the House of Commons by one vote, the one vote being a mad Scots Nat, thus ushering in One Hundred Years of Mrs Thatcher."

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