Paintings of horses. Having your horse painted the way you would get a professional photograph of your cat used to be very fashionable. John Nost Sartorius, British artist. Living from 1755 to 1828, he was the son and grand son of horse artists.

“A Close Finish.” Undated. British. Oil on canvas. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/john-nost-sartorius-1755-1828-a-close-5640725-details.aspx
“The Earl of Darlington Fox-Hunting with the Raby Pack: Full Cry.” 1804. British. Oil on canvas. Inscribed Inscribed “J N Sartorius pinxit 1804” on the bottom left. Collections of the Tate Galleries, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/sartorius-the-earl-of-darlington-fox-hunting-with-the-raby-pack-full-cry-t02370
Captain O’Kelly’s “Eclipse”. 1780. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 100 years, via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Nost_Sartorius_-Captain_O%27Kelly%27s%22Eclipse%22_-1933-1-2-_Auckland_Art_Gallery.jpg

Landscapes with sheep here and there from just a little while ago. Belgian. Frans Van Severdonck, painter. Living from 1809 to 1889, he mostly painted landscapes inhabited by poultry, cows and sheep.

“Sheep and Lambs in a Landscape.” 1886. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “Fr. Van Sverdonck f. 1886” in the lower corner. Identified and signed “Francois Van Severdonck” in an inscription on the reverse. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3455B/lots/29
“Landscape with sheep.” 1865. Oil on panel. Signed and dated `1865 on the lower left. Image © Simonis & Buunk Art Gallery. Fair use license. via https://www.simonis-buunk.com/art/severdonck-f-van/18292/
Sheep scene. Undated. Oil on board. Faintly signed on the lower right. Image © 2020 Cottone Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.cottoneauctions.com/lots/2489/frans-van-severdonck-1809-1889-sheep-scene

Cat and kitten art. Very popular in the Victorian era so a lot of it around. These being French, painted by Alfred-Arthur Brunel de Neuville who lived from 1852 to 1941. Did still lifes, too.

Kittens in a Sewing Basket. Undated. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2012-2020 The Great Cat. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. Fair use license. via https://www.thegreatcat.org/the-cat-in-art-and-photos-2/cats-in-19th-century-art/alfred-arthur-brunel-de-neuville-1852-1941-french/
“Playmates.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed “Brunel-Neuville” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/alfred-arthur-brunel-de-neuville-french-1852-1941-5762901-details.aspx
“Kittens with Ball of Wool.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image © 2020 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/5692222/

Paintings of birds from just a little bit back. Finnish. Ferdinand von Wright, painter. Living from 1822 to 1906, von Wright studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm. Also painted animals that aren’t birds, landscapes, and portraits.

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“Magpies round a Dead Woodgrouse.” 1867. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Finnish National Gallery. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ferdinand_von_Wright_-_Magpies_round_a_Dead_Woodgrouse_-_A_I_62_-_Finnish_National_Gallery.jpg

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“Taistelevat metsot.” 1886. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Finnish National Gallery. Source: Ateneumin taidemuseo. Free art license. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ferdinand_von_Wright_-_Taistelevat_metsot_-_1886_-_oljymaalaus_-_Ateneumin_taidemuseo.png

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“Mallards.” 1874. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Finnish National Gallery. Image source: kansallisgalleria.fi. Cc0 Licence 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ferdinand_von_Wright_-_Mallards_-_A-2002-608_-_Finnish_National_Gallery.jpg

Decorate your hallway in animals styled up the Jugendstil way. Illustrations from Alexander Koch’s “Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration” which was published in Darmstadt in 1897.

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“Flamingos.” Page 123. 1897. Ludwig Jungnickel, Munich, creator. Collections of and scanned by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125006095430/page/n123/mode/2up

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Leoparden. Page 125. Ludwig Jungnickel, Munich, creator. Collections of and scanned by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125006095430/page/n125/mode/2up

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Panther. Page 126. Ludwig Jungnickel, Munich, creator. Collections of and scanned by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125006095430/page/n125/mode/2up

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Marabus. Page 127. Ludwig Jungnickel, Munich, creator. Collections of and scanned by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125006095430/page/n127/mode/1up

Paintings of animals, mostly cows. French. Constant Troyon, artist. Living from 1810 to 1865, he started out decorating Sèvres porcelain. Barbizon school.

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“The Ford.” 1852. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Louvre, Paris. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Constant_Troyon_-_The_Ford_-_WGA23096.jpg

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“Pasture in Normandy.” 1852. Oil on panel. Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pasture_in_Normandy_by_Constant_Troyon.jpg

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“Boeufs allant au labour, effet de matin.” 1865. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boeufs_allant_au_labour-Constant_Troyon-IMG_8342.JPG

Pet cats and their kittens by British artist Minnie Rosa Bebb. Living from 1857 to 1938, she was the daughter of the artist James Bebb. Studied art in Bath. Queen Victoria owned several of her paintings. Painted puppies, too.

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“Kittens Playing.” No date. Watercolor. Signed. Image © 2020 Richard Gardner Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.richardgardnerantiques.co.uk/shop/sold/minnie-rosa-bebb-arwa-watercolour-cats-kittens-animals/

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“Supplementary Supper.” No date. Collections of and photo © Royal West of England Academy. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/supplementary-supper-185331

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“A Pair of Kittens Watching Wasps on a Bowl of Fruit.” 1899. Watercolor. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/minnie-rosa-bebb/a-pair-of-kittens-watching-wasps-on-a-dish-of-LD5htJLOqKCSb8n6fRVMCg2

Paintings of horses by Johann Georg de Hamilton who lived from 1672 to 1737. Born in Munich which was then part of the Southern Netherlands, he later moved to Vienna and then Berlin, ending up back in Vienna. Painted a lot of hunting scenes, too.

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“The Piebald Stallion at the Eisgruber Stud.” ca. 1707. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-piebald-stallion-at-the-eisgruber-stud-johann-george-von-hamilton.html

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“Cerbero.” ca. 1725. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/cerbero-johann-georg-von-hamilton.html

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“Gitano” ca. 1721-1726. Collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Wagenburg. Cc0 License 4.0. via http://www.kulturpool.at/plugins/kulturpool/showitem.action?itemId=270583573678&kupoContext=default

Posters with animals. British. Charles Paine, graphic designer. Living from 1895 to 1967, he started out training with stained glass but ended up designing posters instead. Most of these having been created for the Regent’s Park Zoo in London.

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“Make your home in Welwyn.” ca. 1939. Image © Swann Galleries, New York. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CHARLES-PAINE–1895-1967–MAKE-YOUR-HOME-IN-WELWYN-Circa-193?saleno=2538&lotNo=125&refNo=767534

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“For the Zoo, Book to Regent’s Park or Camden Town.” 1921.. Image © London Transport Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/posters/attractions/for-the-zoo-book-to-regent-s-park-by-charles-paine-1921-2318#selection=pto_finish:Matt__970;pto_frame:No%20Frame__969;pto_size:Small__961;pto_mount:With%20Mount__973

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“Uxbridge.” 1921. Lithograph, published by the Baynard Press. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/charles-paine-1895-1967-uxbridge-5727271-details.aspx

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“For the Zoo.” 1925. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Paines-Poster-Vintage-Print/dp/B01KL6YHAQ

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