HORATIO HENRY COULDERY (1832-1893, British)

Horatio Henry Couldery  was one of the foremost animal artists of the Victorian era. Because of his prolific paintings of cats and kittens, Couldery was nicknamed “Kitten” Couldery.  His paintings are known for their attention to detail and his ability to capture the expressions of his animal subjects. Born into a large family of nine siblings, Couldery escaped an apprenticeship to a cabinetmaker to pursue his love of painting.  He trained at the Royal Academy in London and exhibited his paintings at many notable galleries.  His paintings were popular, and he also produced illustrations for children’s books. Even so, Couldery died in 1893 with only 250 pounds to his name.  The famous art critic John Ruskin commented on Couldery’s painting ‘A Fascinating Tail’ saying, “Quite the most skillful piece of minute and Dureresque painting on exhibition.”  He later wrote about a cat painting, “skillful,  detailed, in sympathy with a kitten’s nature, sensitive to the finest meditation and motion—unsurpassable.”  Today Couldery’s works are highly collectible.  Approximately 47 of his works are on view at the Glanmore Museum in Belleview, Ontario, Canada.