By all accounts, Meingast was fond of animals.
In 1910 or 1911, he adopted two kittens. Dr. Marie de Besombes (a librarian at the BNF) thinks there’s a good chance that the curious cats in this photo are Meingast’s cats Hamilcar and Hasdrubal.
de Besombes also said that Meingast had some pet roosters as a teenager (he kept them at his grandparents’ country house, apparently). Didn’t he enjoy sketching “rustic” scenes? Does anyone know whether he ever sketched his pet roosters Adherbal, Hiempsal, and Jugurtha?