Art historian’s cat claws hole in $6,680 17th-century painting

Padme, the pet cat of art historian Bendor Grosvenor, is in the bad books this morning after clawing a hole into a 17th-century portrait that Grosvenor purchased in 2015 for £5,250 ($6,680).

Grosvenor was in the process of restoring the John Michael Wright painting when the attack took place. He has labelled the situation a “disaster“.

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Art Historian Bendor Grosvenor’s pet cat Padme has clawed a big hole right through the middle of a $6,680, 17th-century John Michael Wright painting.

As I stood back to admire my handiwork, up jumped our cat, landing forcefully in the centre of the painting with a crunch,” Grosvenor told The Telegraph.

While the painting was not completely destroyed, Grosvenor maintains that the artwork will never be restored to its original condition. Mainly because there’s a huge hole in the middle of it.

Grosvenor, who has appeared on the BBC series Britain’s Lost Masterpieces and Fake or Fortune?, also stated that Padme is “not a fan of John Michael Wright, and regrets nothing.”

Via Artsy.