Horatio Henry Couldery was born in Lewisham, London in 1832. An accomplished painter of genre scenes and animals. Couldery was apprenticed to a cabinet maker but his love for painting led him to give up his career and enroll as a student at the Royal Academy in London. Couldery had a number of successful exhibitions between 1861-1892 at the Royal Academy, British Institution and the Society of British Artists. He excelled in painting cats and kittens, resulting in great admiration from John Ruskin, Britain’s leading art critic of the Victorian era.