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1558 - The first known document about blue cats from France is a poem: “Vers francais sur la mort d'un petit chat” written by Joachim du Bellay.

1723 - For the first time, Savarry des Bruslon used the name "Chat des Chartreux" in the Dictionnaire Universel du Commerce d'Histoire Naturelle et des Arts et Métiers, a technical book for traders.

1747 - Artist Jean-Baptiste Perroneau painted a beautiful portrait of Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange, holding on her lap a gray cat which appears to be a Chartreux, the cat having a very large body, yellow eyes, and head shape of the breed. This portrait may be seen at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

1753 - The "Grand Encyclopedia" describes "Chartreux - a sort of cat whose fur is gray ash and tends toward bleu. It's one of the skins in which the furriers trade and employ in the manufacture of furs.”

1760 - Beyond the use of the skin of the Chartreux, Carl Von Linné mentions another sad destination: "One can still meet daily some people who eat big well fed cats called Chartreux cats…”

1817 - Dictionary of Natural Science reads: "The Chartreux cat, whose fur is very fine and generally a beautiful uniform gray, the lips and the bottom of the feet are black.”

1832 - Edition of Buffon's « Natural History » with the plates colored : the Chartreux cat is deep slate blue gray with yellow eyes

1867 - Charles Ross writes in "The Book of the Cat":"Blue is not a common color, these species are styled Chartreux cats and are esteemed rarities. Merit of being extremely gentle, pure blue cats were very rare and greatly prized.”

1920 - Léger sisters (Christine et Suzanne) after Versailles Horticulture School move to Belle-Isle-en-Mer (Guerveur) and start the selection of the breed from a wild population on the island.

1928 - The Federation Feline Francaise (FFF) is founded in Paris, France, and the Chartreux is listed and a standard written; registration began then and continues to the present.

1933 - Colette writes "La Chatte" (The Cat), where the heroin is Saha a female Chartreux is inspired by her own cat.

1972 - FFF outlaws all cross breeds.

1977 - Fife, after discussion with the breeders of Chartreux, rules that all cats of mixed lineage will be registered with the letters RIEX attached to indicate an experimental breeding.

1978 - The 1972 ruling outlawing all cross breeds is strictly enforced at FFF show in Paris.