This is an oil painting of Dorothy Parker one of the Hemingway cats at the Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, Florida. She is a polydactyl (six toed) cat. She was about 4 weeks old. I completed this painting in 1997.
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately 40-50 polydactyl cats. Cats normally have five front toes and four back toes. About half of the cats at the museum have the physical polydactyl trait but they all carry the polydactyl gene in their DNA, which means that the ones that have 4 and 5 toes can still mother or father six-toed kittens. Most cats have extra toes on their front feet and sometimes on their back feet as well.
To provide with the best quality reproduction this painting was photographed by a professional photographer.
September 1st, 2016
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