Wilson Hepple (1854-1937, British)

Wilson Hepple at first trained to be a woodcarver, but in his late teenage years he left his woodcarving apprenticeship to concentrate on painting catsWilson 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.

 

A Tabby Cat with a Kitten - Wilson Hepple

A Tabby Cat with a Kitten

 

Cat and the Paint.Wilson Hepple

Cat and the Paint

 

Cat on a chair Wilson Hepple (1854-1937)

Cat on a Chair

 

Cozy Family, Wilson Hepple

Cozy Family

 

Curiosity, Wilson Hepple

Curiosity

 

Expectation 1, Wilson Hepple

Expectation

 

Favorite Chair, Wilson Hepple

Favorite Chair

 

ForgetMeNot, Wilson Hepple

Forget Me Not

 

Grey Kitten Posing, Wilson Hepple

Grey Kitten Posing

 

Kitten and watch Wilson Hepple

Kitten and Watch

 

Kitten beside a Jewelry Box, Wilson Hepple

Kitten beside a Jewelry Box

 

Kitten Drinking Milk, Wilson Hepple

Kitten Drinking Milk

 

Kitten on a chair Wilson Hepple

Kitten on a Chair

 

Kitten Seated on a Red Cushion, Wilson Hepple

Kitten Seated on a Red Cushion

 

Kitten, Wilson Hepple, private collection

Kitten

 

Kittens and Paintings

Kittens and Paintings

 

Kittens watching goldfish Wilson Hepple

Kittens Watching Goldfish

 

Playful Times, Wilson Hepple

Playful Times

 

Portrait of a Cat, Wilson Hepple

Portrait of a Cat

 

Portrait of a Tabby Cat, Wilson Hepple

Portrait of a Tabby Cat

 

Portrait of Cat, Wilson Hepple

Portrait of Cat

 

Startled by an Intruder, Wilson Hepple

Startled by an Intruder

 

The Happy Family, Wilson Hepple

The Happy Family

 

The Kitten had the Cream, Wilson Hepple

The Kitten had the Cream

 

Three Cats, Wilson Hepple

Three Cats

 

Two cats playing with thread, Wilson Hepple

Two cats Playing with Thread

 

Two grey kittens Wilson Hepple

Two Grey Kittens

 

Two kittens and a box Wilson Hepple

Two Kittens and a Box

 

Two Kittens at Tea time- Wilson Hepple

Two Kittens at Tea time

 

Two kittens on a gold cushion Wilson Hepple

Two Kittens on a Gold Cushion

 

Wilson Hepple - Study of a Cat, 1902

Study of a Cat

 

Wilson Hepple (1853-1937) Making His Mark

Making His Mark

 

Wilson Hepple (1854-1937) - A kitten with a shell and flowers in a glass vase - Oil on canvas, 1901

A kitten with a shell and flowers in a glass vase, 1901

 

Kittens and Flowers, Wilson Hepple

Kittens and Flowers

 

Wilson Hepple Kitten with paint and palate

Kitten with Paint and Palate

 

Wilson Hepple Mischief

Mischief

 

Wilson Hepple, The Kittens

The Kittens

 

Wilson Hepple, Kittens playing with a Ball

Kittens playing with a Ball of String

 

Wilson Hepple.Cat and Pendant

Cat and Pendant

 

Two Kittens on the Table, Wilson Hepple

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