Eileen Rosemary Mayo (1906-1994, English-New Zealander)

Eileen Mayo, cat artistDame Eileen Rosemary Mayo, DBE, RA (1906-1994) was a versatile artist; she was a print marker, painter, illustrator, writer, designer and calligrapher who worked in almost every medium. Mayo was born in Norwich and later graduated from the Slade School in London.  In 1927, she discovered linocut and produced many works using this technique. Much of Mayo’s work reflected her love of nature and many of her drawings were later turned into prints, such as Cat in a Cherry Tree. Many of her illustrations of cats appeared in the book, Best Cat Stories.

 

Best Cat Stories, illustrator Eileen Mayo 1942

 

In 1936, she married Dr. Richard Gainsborough, but the marriage ended in 1952. Shortly thereafter, Mayo emigrated to Australia where she contributed to the post-war print boom and taught at the National Art School in Sydney. While in Australia, she designed stamps commemorating the flora and fauna of the nation depicting the duck billed Platypus, tiger cat and the Tasmanian tiger among other animals and plants. Mayo was the first woman to have designed such a series. In 1962, she moved to New Zealand to join her mother and sister who had been living there since 1921. She remained there until her death in 1994, and received the honor of being named Dame of the British Empire just days before.

 

From 'The Fat Cat' by Q. Patrick  Illustration by Eileen Mayo

From ‘The Fat Cat’ by Q. Patrick

 

 

 

From 'A Little White Cat' by Dorothy Baker illustration by Dame Eileen Mayo

From ‘A Little White Cat’ by Dorothy Baker

 

From 'Broomsticks' by Walter de la Mare Illustration by Eileen Rosemary Mayo cats in illustrations

From ‘Broomsticks’ by Walter de la Mare

 

From 'Calvin, the Cat' by Charles Dudley Warner  Illustration by Eileen Rosemary Mayo cats in art

From ‘Calvin, the Cat’ by Charles Dudley Warner

 

From 'Cat Up a Tree' by William Sansom Illustration by Eileen Mayo

From ‘Cat Up a Tree’ by William Sansom

 

From 'Feathers' by Carl Van Vechten Illustration by Eileen Mayo cats in illustrations, cats in art

From ‘Feathers’ by Carl Van Vechten

 

From 'God and the Little Cat' by Selwyn Jepson  illustration by Dame Eileen Mayo

From ‘God and the Little Cat’ by Selwyn Jepson

 

From 'God and the Little Cat' by Selwyn Jepson Illustration by Eileen Mayo

From ‘God and the Little Cat’ by Selwyn Jepson

 

From 'Smith' by Ann Chadwick illustration by Dame Eileen Mayo

From ‘Smith’ by Ann Chadwick

 

From 'The Blue Flag' by Kay Hill illustration by Dame Eileen Mayo

From ‘The Blue Flag’ by Kay Hill

 

From 'The Fat of the Cat' by Gottfried Keller Illustration by Eileen Mayo

From ‘The Fat of the Cat’ by Gottfried Keller

 

From 'When in Doubt -- Wash' by Paul GallicoIllustration by Eileen Mayo

From ‘When in Doubt — Wash’ by Paul Gallico

 

Illustration by Eileen Mayo from 'A Fine Place for the Cat' by Margaret Bonham

From ‘A Fine Place for the Cat’ by Margaret Bonham

 

Illustration by Eileen Mayo from 'Johnnie Poothers' by Charles Odger

From ‘Johnnie Poothers’ by Charles Odger

 

Illustration by Eileen Mayo from 'Kitty Kitty Kitty' by John Pudney

From ‘Kitty Kitty Kitty’ by John Pudney

 

Illustration by Eileen Mayo from 'New Conquest of the Matterhorn' by T. S. Blakeney

From ‘New Conquest of the Matterhorn’ by T. S. Blakeney

 

Illustration by Eileen Mayo from 'The Ad-Dressing of Cats' by T. S. Eliot

From ‘The Ad-Dressing of Cats’ by T. S. Eliot

 

llustration by Eileen Mayo from 'The Travellers from West and East' by Sylvia Townsend Warner

From ‘The Travellers from West and East’ by Sylvia Townsend Warner

 

Dame Eileen Mayo created color prints and woodcuts of cats as well.

 

Orange Cat Eileen Rosemary Mayo, cat illustrations, cats in art

Orange Cat

 

Cats Drinking Milk, Eileen Rosemary Mayo

Cats Drinking Milk

 

Cats in a Tree Linocut Eileen Mayo

Cats in a Tree
Linocut

 

Early Morning, Eileen Rosemary Mayo, cat illustrations

Early Morning

 

Cat in the Sun, Eileen Mayo, cats in art

Cat in the Sun

 

Mother and Son 1948, Eileen Mayo, cats in illustrations, cats in art

Mother and Son
1948

 

Eileen Mayo, Prowling Cat 1932

Prowling Cat
1932

 

Eileen Mayo Cat in a Cherry Tree 1947 Wood engraving printed on ink on ivory tissue

Cat in a Cherry Tree 1947
Wood engraving printed on ink on ivory tissue

 

Eileen Mayo, The Cat's Toilet, 1943

The Toilet
1943

 

Eileen Mayo, Sleepy Cat

Sleepy Cat

 

White Cat and Poppies  linocut  Dame Eileen Mayo

White Cat and Poppies Linocut

 

Eileen Mayo Woman and Siamese Cat 1952

Woman and Siamese Cat 1952

 

Scherzo II linocut  Eileen Mayo, cats in art

Scherzo II L
Linocut

Speak Your Mind

*