Ernest the Cat I
You can’t love Key West and not be affected
by the myth, and the man, Ernest Hemingway and Jeff certainly was.
He painted two version of Ernest the Cat.
This one, more in keeping with Ernest’s macho myth and Ernest the
Cat II, The Tropical Version with Hemingway as a cat is done in
island colors, with Lilly Pulitzer pizzazz.
Here’s Ernest typing at his original Royal typewriter in the
standing position which he found much more comfortable
after being wounded in the Spanish
Civil War. In this studio he worked on Death in the Afternoon, Green
Hills of Africa, To Have And Have Not, For Whom The Bell Tolls, and
many of his most-famous short stories, such as "The Snows of
Kilimanjaro" and "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber."
While the folks at the Hemingway House claim that Hemingway had
six-toed cats locals tell a different story. Dink Bruce, whose dad
worked for Hemingway, said he played in the Hemingway yard a lot as
a kid and they only had peacocks here--the cats were at La Vigia,
Hemingways’ Havana home.
However they came to be, the Hemingway House is now famous for their
NUMEROUS six-toed cats. This rendition makes no bones about the
We have this Limited Edition of 250 Giclee
available on archival paper in the following sizes.
Small (image size
approx 8"x10" ) $400
Medium (approx. 18"x24")
Large (approx. 30"x40")
We also have:
Print to Canvas
Gallery on Greene (305)
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