Arthur John Elsley (1860-1952, British)

Arthur John Elsley cats in art historyArthur John Elsley (1860-1952, British) is famous for his genre paintings during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Children accompanied by St. Bernards, Collies, Terriers and kittens were his main subjects.  Born in London, his father was an artist who had exhibited his works at the British Institution.  Probably due to his father’s influence, from his early childhood Elsley was interested in art and enrolled in several art schools.  In 1882, he started to take commissions to paint portraits, and many of these came from the Benett-Stanford family. After the death of Charles Burton Barber, Elsley became the foremost painter of children and pets.  Many of his paintings were used for advertisements, calendars and illustrations in magazines.

 

 

Terrier and Kitten Arthur John Elsley 1866 Private Collection cats in art

Terrier and Kitten Playing
Arthur John Elsley
1866
Private Collection

 

Girl with Kittens on Stairs Arthur John Elsley Private Collection kittens in art

Girl with Kitten on Stairs
Arthur John Elsley
Private Collection

 

Playtime Arthur John Elsley 1893 Private Collection cat in paintings

Playtime
Arthur John Elsley
1893
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Safe Quarters Arthur John Elsley Oil on Canvas Private Collection cat in art

Safe Quarters
Arthur John Elsley
Oil on Canvas
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Kiss and Be Friends Arthur John Elsley Private Collection

Kiss and Be Friends
Arthur John Elsley
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Early Risers Arthur John Elsley 1890 Private Collection kittens in art

Early Risers
Arthur John Elsley
1890
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Two Kittens and Baby Arthur John Elsley Private Collection cats in art history

Two Kittens and Baby
Arthur John Elsley
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Girl and Kittens Arthur John Elsley Private Collection

Girl and Kittens
Arthur John Elsley
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Girl with Kitten and Puppies Arthur John Elsley Private Collection

Girl with Kitten and Puppies
Arthur John Elsley
Private Collection

 

Make Haste Arthur John Elsley 1895 Private Collection

Make Haste
Arthur John Elsley
1895
Private Collection

 

Playmates Arthur John Elsley Private Collection cats and kittens

Playmates
Arthur John Elsley
Private Collection

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