Known as a painter of animals, children with their pets and genre scenes, Charles Burton Barber (1845-1894) was a popular 19th century artist particularly favored by Queen Victoria. Barber painted for Queen Victoria for more than twenty years taking the place of the admired Landseer, who primarily painted the Queen, Prince Albert and their children, while Barber painted the Queen and her grandchildren with their pets. Born in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, Barber studied from the age of 18 at the Royal Academy, London, and had his first exhibit in 1866. He won many prizes during his lifetime and died at the young age of 49 with Arthur Elsley then becoming the foremost painter of children and their pets. Not an especially prolific painter, Barber’s paintings are today considered quite rare even though some consider them over sentimental.