From a second batch of drawings by the prolific and endlessly inventive Chicago artist James Frederic Bone (1929-2015), this is a pretty quick sketch, but one which--with these cocked (very arm-like) front legs and two tails arching in opposite directions--pretty perfectly captures the energy of a very alert cat! (I can almost see a mouse in the distance!) It's done in pencil on a the pale green backside of shiny silver paper.
Unsigned and undated but I believe dating to the 1970s, the drawing is by James Bone, who I know was born in Brownsville, Texas, received his MFA from the University of Arkansas, and moved to the Hyde Park section of Chicago, IL in the 1970s. I've also found some citations of art reviews he wrote for the Chicago Reader in the 1980s. From all that I’ve have seen, he was possessed with a consummate curiosity and keen intelligence in addition to a terrific aesthetic sensibility and sensitive touch; I must say that I have truly and deeply fallen in love with his work!
8"x 10" and in good condition. There are a couple of light bends/creases--one at lower left, one near the lower right edge, both minor, and a bit of light staining along the bottom edge.