Meet Tiger Summers who, at the time of this formal portrait, weighed 18 pounds, 3 ounces. Or so the penciled notation on the front of this carte de visite informs us. The back, however, has a note that Tiger Summers weighed 19 pounds and 10 ounces. In either case, this is a cat of substance.
Tiger is posed in a child’s Windsor chair. This plays with the scale of the image. Without the notation of his weight, and therefore his implied size, Tiger could be the size of a human being — or a real tiger, for that matter.
Remember that this image was made at a time when a trip to the photographer’s studio was required. I like to imagine Tiger’s owners arriving at William Judson’s studio with their prize cat in a large travel basket. If I can find out about Tiger Summers or his owners, I’ll update this brief post.