One of the most famous "collections" of Wain's works is a set of eight paintings collected by the late the Hon Dr Walter Maclay, a psychiatrist interetsed in the relationship between madness and art. Maclay purchased these eight works in the 1930s and he arranged them in what he assumed was the order in which they were painted. These paintings were all of cats with patterns or cat-like patterns, and Maclay based his order on the abstractness of each paintinghe assumed that the more abstract the painting, the later he painted it.
In Rodney Dale's Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats, this theory is disproven. According to Dale, Wain alternated between more typical Wain paintings and pattern paintings throughout his stays in asylums, and there is no evidence that this order has any basis in reality. The series is still reproduced and discussed, however, and the web is no exception.
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