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Cats With Monkey Servants???

You'll never guess when this painting was created. It predates Wain and the Mainzer cats by a few hundred years. The artist, Abraham Terniers (1629-70) was a member of the Flemish school, His specialty was painting monkeys:

Like his brother David before him, Abraham found appreciation at the court in Brussels and the art-loving Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria – then the governor of the Southern Netherlands – appointed him as court painter.

...Could he have inspired Dogs Playing Poker?

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