GALLERY: Siamese

From the very beginning, the Siamese cat with its pointed pattern and mystical azure blue eyes, captured the imagination of Victorian cat fanciers. It began as the most popular of the 'Foreign Shorthair' varieties, and has maintained that position for many decades. Its nearest rival has mostly been the British (or English) Shorthair, which has dominated the show bench from time to time, with Whites, Brown and Silver Tabbies, and then in the latter half of the 20th century, the noble Blues.

The Siamese is an ambassadorial cat, the prime representative of a collection of South East Asian breeds, many of them from Thailand and surrounding countries, standing in total contrast to its Foreign Longhair counterparts, with its short, fine, close-lying coat and stylish oriental elegance.

As one of the cornerstone breeds of the fancy, the Siamese has made an unparalleled contribution as a 'parent breed' to the ongoing development of other varieties, and all modern breeds sporting either its unique 'himalayan' coat pattern, or its sleek physical refinements, may be tracked back to Siamese ancestry, regardless of their coat length or conformation. To this day, the Royal Cat of Siam remains an enigma, continuing to evoke 'awe' and firing our imagination.

1870-1879
1870
Mymie
History

1875
'Mymie', (born 1870), with kittens, exhibited by Mr J. Walter at the Crystal Palace Cat Show of 1875. Image by R.H. Moore.

1880-1889
1885
1885
1885
1888
1888
Duen Ngai
History
Kalohom
Khromata
Goblin
History
Meo

1889
Siamese Cat owned by Mrs Cunliffe Lee.
Drawn by Harrison Weir.
Published in Our Cats (1889)
1889
Siamese Cat owned by Mrs Vyvyan.
Drawn by Harrison Weir.
Published in Our Cats (1889)

1890-1899
1890
c 1890
c 1890
c 1891
1893
Siamese Cheetah
History
Siam
History
Tachin
History
Cambodia
History
King Kesho
History
 
1895
1896
1896
1896
1896
Wankee
History
Sura
History
Fulmer Banjo
Rynda
Thames Valley Missis
 
1897
1897
1898
1898
1898
Netherlands Ma
History
Ursula
Cora
History
Lockehaven Siam
History
Romeo
 
1898
1899
1899
1899
Juliette
Eve
History
Tiam O'Shian
Windsor It

1870
A Pair of Siamese cats (born c.1870)exhibited by Mr Maxwell at the Crystal Palace Cat Show of July 1871. Image by Percy MacQuoid

1900-1909
1900
1900
1900
1901
1902
Ah Choo
History
Calif
Bangkok
Chom
History
Chaseley Mascotte
 
1902
1902
1904
1904
c 1905
Chaseley Valentine
Chula
History
Chaseley Chutnee
History
Chaseley Snark
Siam De Paris
 
c 1906
1906
1908
c 1909
Siam Of Romeo
Sancho
History
Southampton Ju Jitsu
History
Princess Chie-Lo

1910-1919
1910
1910
c 1910
c 1910
1917
Carlisle Lad
Rama-Ma-Dua
Guyo
Michim
Kinkina
 
1919
1919
Kuiyen
Slightly

1879
A Pair of Siamese kittens (born c.1879)exhibited by Mrs Cunliffe Lee at the Crystal Palace Cat Show of 1879. Image by S.T. Dadd.

1920-1929
1920
1923
1924
1924
1924
Ruan of Cornwall
Woodrooffe Adam
Prestwick Perak
Bonzo
History
Prestwick Mata Biru
 
1925
1925
1925
1925
1926
Simple
History
Rao of Siam
Datoh of Petaling
Chunla Scilla
Simzo
 
1926
1927
1927
1927
1927
Donato Percival
Djer-Kits Chinkaling of Newton
Catullus
Dido
Simzette
 
1927
1928
1929
1929
1929
Jazz Prince
Chinese Moonshine
Siam's Tobermory of Storisende
Morgan Le Fay
Northwood's Osan

1930-1939
1930
1931
1931
1932
1932
Prestwick PitaPat
Prestwick Pearling
Hoveton Sultan
Angus Iseult
Sesooki
 
1932
1933
1933
1933
1933
Valhalla's Mahatma M.K. Ghandi
Yangsee
Hoveton Ruler
Micetto
Nancy Nance
 
1933
1934
1935
1935
1935
Pita
Valhalla's Kwangtung
Prestwick Pertana
Manchu Kagan Seu
Prestwick Puji
 
1935
1936
1937
1938
1938
Miss Lottie Specketer
E-Ging_Wah of Newton
Soo-Nip-I of Alta Monte
Prestwick Polka
El-Jay-Gee's Wink-Kee-Sing
 
1938
Patchperwa

1940-1949
1941
1943
1945
1946
Yen Too
Doneraile Debutante
Pincop Azure Kym
Sealsleev Petit-Fey


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