Wilson Hepple (1854-1937, British) was a Victorian painter who primarily painted cats, kittens and horses. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, he studied at the Newcastle School of Art, but was mainly self-taught. He became known as the ‘Cat Man’ because of his many paintings of cats and kittens, and must have been an avid cat lover and observer since he was able to capture the animals as they went about their cat business creating mischief, playing and just posing. His paintings are reminiscent of other 19th century painters such as Henriette Ronner-Knip, Eugene Lambert, Julius Adam, Carl Reichert, Charles Van den Eycken and Rosa Bebbs among others. His son, J. W. Hepple also became a painter, concentrating on animals and genre compositions. Both are buried in Acklington churchyard. Hepple’s paintings are readily available on auction sites even today.