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Getting antsy waiting for the new season of Downton Abbey? I kinda am. Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait until 2014 (Jan 4, to be exact), until the series returns.

Luckily for us, however, the geniusly talented artist Kim Parkhurst has created a series of paintings which portray each of the major players as animals. And damned if she hasn't nailed the right animal for each character.  Like Anna, above, as a greyhound? Perfect!

Even better, though, is that each of the portraits from this "Houndton Tabby" series are available as prints from her Etsy shop, toadbriar, so you can hang them up in your own Abbey. Check out a few more of the portraits, below, and click through to be taken to her shop where prints can be had for $22. A mere pittance!

Thomas is a Siamese, if you please.

The Dowager Cat-tess?

Master Bates

Mrs. Patmore. Meow.

Go fetch, Daisy!

See the rest of the cast of characters at ToadBriar shop. 

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