Paintings of Victorian cats and kittens by English artist Horatio Henry Couldery. Living from 1832 to 1918, he exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in London. Also illustrated children’s books.

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“The First Lap.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Signed “Horatio H. Couldery” on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26001/lot/48/?category=list&length=102&page=1
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“Cats by a Fishbowl.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Source; bukowskis.com. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Horatio_Henry_Couldery_-_Cats_by_a_fishbowl.jpg
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“An Oyster Supper.” 1882. Source: Art UK. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:An_Oyster_Supper_by_Horatio_Henry_Couldery.jpg

History seen through a Victorian eye. And yes I think they were that dressed up at sometimes. English. Edward Matthew Ward, artist (1816-1879). He created illustrations for the papers of Washington Irving, too.

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“Hogarth’s Studio in 1739.” 1863. Oil on canvas. Collections of and photo credit © York Art Gallery, York. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/hogarths-studio-in-1739-8237
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“The Disgrace of Lord Clarendon, after his Last Interview with the King – Scene at Whitehall Palace, in 1667.” 1846. Collections of the Tate Galleries, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/ward-the-disgrace-of-lord-clarendon-after-his-last-interview-with-the-king-scene-at-n00431
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“The Last Parting of Marie Antoinette and her Son.” 1856. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated signed and dated “E M Ward. RA/1856” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/edward-matthew-ward-ra-1816-1879-the-last-5857456-details.aspx

Victorian young ladies, painted by English artist George Elgar Hicks. Living from 1824 to 1914, he is best known for his genre paintings but he did society portraits too. Studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London.

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“Buttercups.” 1889. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Image source: Sotheby’s. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Elgar_Hicks_-_Buttercups.jpg
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“On the Seashore.” 1879. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.amazon.com/George-Seashore-Giclee-Unframed-Reproduction/dp/B07MN4TVR2
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“The Return Home.” 1873. Oil on canvas. image source; Christies. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Elgar_Hicks_-_The_Return_Home.jpg
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“Alone.” 1880. Oil on board. Signed and dated “G E Hicks 1880” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/george-elgar-hicks-ra-rba-1824-1914-alone-6184711-details.aspx

Selections from a sketchbook created between September of 1829 and October of 1830 by Mary Ellen Best who lived in England. Part of the upcoming British and European Art auction at Bonhams. These images taken from the websites of Bonhams and lotsearch.net.

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“Anthony, Frank and Caroline sledging on the ice, accompanied by the family dog, 30 December 1844.” English. Watercolor with traces of pencil. Dated “December 30.1844” on the lower left. Image © Bonhams and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/anthony-frank-and-caroline-sledging-on-the-ice-accompanied-by-the-49657076?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=em
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“Cottagers at Tea.” No date. British. Watercolor with traces of pencil. Image © Bonhams and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/auction-catalogues/british-and-european-art-142602?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=1
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“In the hotel, the Heeren-logement, at Leyden, August 1838.” ca. 1838. British. Watercolor heightened with white over traces of pencil. Image © Bonhams and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/in-the-hotel-the-heeren-logement-at-leyden-august-1838-watercolour-49657079?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=1

Victorian pet art. Two dogs but one cat. Philip Eustace Stretton, British artist (1865-1919). Stretton exhibited at the Royal Academy and was a follower of Sir Edwin Landseer.

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Study of a ginger cat. Signed and indistinctly dated “Philip E Stretton/190-” on the lower right. Oil on canvas. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25971/lot/4/?category=list&length=12&page=1
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“Greyhound in a landscape.” 1902. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “Philip E. Stretton/1902” on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22162/lot/163/
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“Companions.” 1907. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “Philip E. Stretton/1907” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/philip-eustace-stretton-fl1884-1919-companions-4210881-details.aspx

Antique boxes made from tortoiseshell. Some real tortoiseshell, some faux. All 19th century.

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Hinged box raised on paw feet. Antique. English. Faux tortoiseshell and silverplate. Maker not known. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and Echoes Antiques & Auction Gallery, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/84289963_english-faux-tortoise-shell-and-silver-plate
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Tea caddy with a pagoda top above above a serpentine form with a lidded interior raised on wooden ball feet, the whole with bone and silver detailing. 19th c. English. Tortoiseshell, bone and silver. Maker not known. Image ©2020 C. Mariani Antiques, Restoration & Custom, San Francisco. Fair use license. via https://cmarianiantiques.com/item-1909/
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Box with intricate boulle (marquetry) work with a serpentine front tortoiseshell having a serpentine front and inlaid work in brass and red tortoiseshell depicting stylized floral motifs. Lined with silk and velvet. ca. 1840. French. Maker not known. Image © Antique Boxes at the Sign of the Hygra, London. Fair use license. via http://hygra.com/uk/jb2/JB315/

Please note that these were all made in the 19th century when working with tortoiseshell was considered acceptable. Otherwise I would not use them.

Wildlife art by natural history illustrator Joseph (Josef) Wolf (1820-1899). Born in Germany he worked first in Germany and then in Britain, with much of his natural history illustrations used as plates in books.

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“The Hippopotamus.” Mid 19th c. Collections of the Australian Museums, Sydney. Image © 2020 The Australian Museum. Fair use license. via https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/collections/museum-archives-library/john-gould/josef-wolf-1820-1899/
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“A Lion before the Pyramids.” 19th c. Pencil, pen and ink and watercolor. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/josef-wolf/a-lion-before-the-pyramids-3cD3CijkWwiuF7a_tYVg4A2
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“A Polar Bear hunting Seal in the Arctic.” 19th c. Watercolor on brown paper. Signed “J Wolf” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/josef-wolf-1820-1899-josef-wolf-1820-1899-2777842-details.aspx