Horatio Henry Couldery

Horatio Henry Couldery (English, 1832–1918) is considered one of England's preeminent Victorian animal artists. Couldery showed more than 20 paintings at the Royal Academy over his career and also exhibited at the British Institution, the Royal Society of British Artists as well as many other galleries. He worked as a professional artist, illustrating children's books and greeting cards as well as creating commissioned pieces.

Couldery painted with a sense of humour, often portraying animals in mischievous situations that successfully captured the character and personality of beloved pets. He was noted for his skillful depiction of the texture of animal fur in minute detail. After an 1875 exhibition at the Royal Academy noted Victorian art critic John Ruskin gave high praise for Couldery's work, stating that his cat painting was: "...quite the most skillful piece of minutiae and Dureresque painting in the exhibition - (it cannot rightly be seen without a lens): and in its sympathy with kitty nature...unsurpassable."