Possum has been interested in art history since he was a tiny kitten and I read to him from a Museum of Fine Arts picture book. His first favorite artist was John Singleton Copley, probably because of Boy with a Squirrel. The MFA now calls it Boy with a Flying Squirrel, probably because it is a flying squirrel and they don't look like regular squirrels, so people always wondered if Copley was better at painting boys than squirrels. The squirrel is very nicely painted. Possum certainly found it intensely appealing.
Possum and I share a favorite artist now, John Singer Sargent, but I have been encouraging him to continue to study art, especially European art, to broaden his education. So he's been reading about British contemporaries of Sargent, including Frederick Leighton.
So I wasn't surprised when I saw Possum sleeping in this pose:
That about as close as a stout gray tabby cat can get to recreating Leighton's Flaming June.
You can read a little about the painting's history and the model here.