Evidence is presented for the synaptic connectivity between a physiologically characterized and intracellularly filled GABAergic interneuron and a corticotectal pyramidal neuron in area 17 of the cat visual cortex. The interneuron was located in layer 4 and had the morphological characteristics of a clutch cell. The physiological data demonstrated that the clutch cell received direct X-type innervation from the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus. These results indicate that a GABAergic neuron is directly involved during the first cortical stages of geniculocorticotectal interactions. Furthermore, the proximal location of the clutch-cell inputs to the labelled dendrite suggests a strategic siting of intracortical feedforward inhibition.