Horatio Henry Couldery (1832-1918, English)

Horatio Henry CoulderyBorn in 1832 in Lewisham, Horatio Henry Couldery grew up to be one of the foremost animal artists of the Victorian era.  Couldery, known for his attention to detail and ability to capture the expression of his animal subjects, was called “kitten” Couldery because of his many paintings of cats.  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 1918 with only 250 pounds to his name.  The famous art critic John Ruskin commented on Couldery’s painting ‘A Fascinating Tail’ saying that it was, “Quite the most skillful piece of … Dureresque painting on exhibition.”  He later praised another of Couldery’s  cat paintings, writing, “…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 42 of his works are on view at the Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleview, Ontario, Canada.

Interested in Couldery prints and posters?  Check out The Great Cat Store, Prints and Posters, 19th Century.

 

No Where to Hide Horatio Henry Couldrey 1882 Private Collection cats in art

No Where to Hide
Horatio Henry Couldrey
1882
Private Collection

 

The Fishing Party Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection cats and kittens in art

The Fishing Party
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

The Guest Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection kittens in art

The Guest
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

Two Kittens Playing Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection cats in art

Two Kittens Playing with a Frog
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

Monopoly Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Monopoly
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Playing with Jewels Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection cats in art

Playing with Jewels
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Waiting Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection

Stalking
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

Mealtime Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection

Mealtime
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

Stalking a Bird Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection

Stalking a Bird
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

What's in the Box? Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection

What’s in the Box?
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

Feast Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection cats in art

Feast
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

Dog and Cat Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection

Dog and Cat
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

Kittens with a Mouse Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection

Kittens with a Mouse
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

A Fascinating Tail Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection cats in art

A Fascinating Tail
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Kittens Watching a Bug Horatio Henry Couldrey Private Collection cats in 19th century art

Once Bitten Twice Shy
Horatio Henry Couldrey
Private Collection

 

Cat and Fish Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Kittens and Fish
Horatio Henry Couldery
On permanent display at Glanmore National Historic Site of Canada

 

 

A Shared Meal Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

A Shared Meal
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Kittens Playing Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Kittens Playing
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Curiosity Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Curiosity
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Entertainment Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Entertainment
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Two Cats Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Two Cats
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Confrontation Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Confrontation
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Visiting Time Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Visiting Time
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Beauties Toilet Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Beauties Toilet
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Game for Dinner Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Game for Dinner
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

The Kittens' Bed Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

The Kittens’ Bed
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Stalking Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Stalking
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Three Kittens Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Three Kittens
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Dinner Time Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Dinner Time
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Let's Play Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Let’s Play
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

The Catch Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

The Catch
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 


Mother and Kittens Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Mother and Kittens
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Guarding the Remains of Supper Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Guarding the Remains of Supper
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

The First Lesson Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

The First Lesson
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Watching Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Watching
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Two Against One Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Two Against One
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Kitten in a Vase Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Kitten in a Vase
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Naughty Cats Eating a Five Pound Note Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Naughty Cats Eating a Five Pound Note
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Kitten Playing Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Kitten Playing with a Mouse
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Kittens Up to Mischief Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Kittens Up to Mischief
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

 

The Blue Cushion Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

The Blue Cushion
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

The Family Tabby Cat and Her Three Kittens Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

The Family Tabby Cat and Her Three Kittens
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

The Naughty Kitten Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

The Naughty Kitten
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

Two Tabby Kittens Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Two Tabby Kittens
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 

 

Tabby Cat Horatio Henry Couldery Private Collection

Tabby Cat
Horatio Henry Couldery
Private Collection

 


 

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Comments

  1. Hello,

    First of all, thanks for this website. I manage to find my ” No where to hide” art print here which is very helpful though I have another two kitten art prints, 1) three kittens and a cat surrounded a goldfish tank and 2) two kittens were posting by a jewel box; which I think that they are of similar styles with Horatio Couldery’s paintings. I just could not find their names anywhere. If possible , I can send you the photos.

    Thank you
    Chris

  2. Hello again, thanks for helping… kitten paintings are great! I did not find them from Arthur and Henriette’s paintings. However, I manage to find similar art prints on Etsy, but even the seller did not give the title of those art prints. They are here:

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/235792101/vintage-cat-prints-vintage-cat-pictures?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=kitten%20art%20print&ref=sr_gallery_32

    They look very Horatio Couldery style though I am no expert on this. Thank you again! This is a really good website.

  3. Mark Kinghan says:

    I have an original painting by him dated 1874. It’s not listed here and wouldn’t mind knowing more about it and if it’s worth anything.

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