The Kitten’s Breakfast

The Kitten’s Breakfast

Dating to 1894, The Kitten’s Breakfast was one of Rudolf Eickemeyer’s very first early award winning photographs. This example was most likely made late that year, and is his original exhibition entry print for the Photo Club de Paris 1895 Salon, where it was one of 7 photographs entered by the Yonkers, N.Y. photographer. Catalogue #240: Le Déjeuner du Jeune Chat, (The Young Cat’s Lunch, or Breakfast) was a direct platinum print submitted, and earned Eickemeyer the silver medal at the salon that year.

Print Notes:

Mount, Verso: In black ink by artists hand: R. Eickemeyer Jr. Yonkers, N.Y. U.S.A.; exhibition # in large graphite: 240, twice underlined; and a white paper lithographic label 10.4 x 9.0 cm for the Photo Club de Paris, centered. Representing the diaphanous maidens of Light, Art and Science, it was a plaster-relief medallion commissioned by the club in around 1895 and executed by French artist Paul Roussel. (1867-1928) It was struck in silver medallion (87mm x 57mm) by 1896. The label and medal are marked at the top Photo Club De Paris and on lower sides: “La Lumiere Unit L’Art Et La Science.” (Light Unites Art and Science)  There are additional marginalia in graphite, some crossed out, and some most likely pertaining to framing instructions.

Mount, Recto: no markings: the original acidic overmatt has been removed by this archive for conservation purposes and replaced with a non-acid matt.

The Kitten’s Breakfast

Image Dimensions26.1 x 33.0 | 25.7 x 30.5 cm sight

Support Dimensions39.9 x 49.0 cm

Exhibitions | Collections

1894: Platinum: Special Medal presented by their excellencies The Earl and Countess of Elgin, Viceroy and Vicerene of India, for the best picture in the International Exhibition at Calcutta, India; The Paris Salon, 1895, Silver Plaque; The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 1894; The Toronto, Canada, Exhibition: Silver Medal, 1895.

Collection: National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution: Catalog Number: 3920.A16

Published: In and Out of the Nursery, By Eva Eickemeyer Rowland: R.H. Russell, publisher: 1900: unpaginated poem and halftone photograph.  The Kitten’s Breakfast:

A Kitten sallied gayly forth – One lovely morn in spring; – The sun shone bright, and all around – You heard the birdies sing. | But scarce he’d gone a rod before – His joy was turned to fright; – A cruel dog appeared and made – Him run with all his might.   | Ralph heard his piteous cries and thus – He found a home, and friends – Who petted him and gave him milk; – And so my story ends.


Purchased from L M Bonner Photographs and Ephemera, United Kingdom, June, 2023 by this archive, with the seller stating it had been included with a large folio of architect’s drawings.