|Gift of Charles Lang Freer (noncommercial use permitted, the Freer and Sackler Galleries)|
Here we have the incomparable Hokusai (Japan, 1760-1849) with a little sketch he dashed off in ink on paper around 1810. This is a work that would fall under the style of ukiyo-e, that is, focusing on the actors, entertainers and courtesans of the cities. Every so often, one finds a cat (neko in Japanese) co-starring, as with our smug buddy below:
Head over to this site for a thorough look online at Hokusai's life and work.