The Earl of Southampton Photobombed by Cats

The Earl of Southampton Photobombed by Cats

The pretty-boy earl, Shakespeare’s patron, ended up imprisoned in the Tower of London for his part in a failed attempt to overthrow the aging queen Elizabeth I. He had a painting of himself done in the Tower, and sent to King James of Scotland – the man tipped to succeed her. A coded message asking for help? Behind him in the picture is a grumpy looking black and white cat. What the heck is it doing there? Apparently black and white in Tudor times represented “constancy.” But I prefer to think the Tower mouser ‘photobombed’ him, as they say these days. Here’s my version.

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