Agnes Miller Parker (1895–1980) born in Ayrshire, Scotland became an engraver and illustrator. Not much is known about her life. However, from 1911-1917 she studied art at the Glasgow School of art and joined the staff for a short time. After marriage and up until 1955, when she moved back to Glasgow, most of her life had been spent in southern England. Agnes Miller Parker was a prolific artist producing many wood engravings which were used primarily for book illustrations. Parker’s work of the 1920s is influenced by the Cubist and Vorticist movements. She held a special affinity towards animals, birds and fish. In one of her most striking independent prints, The Challenge, we see a large black cat ready to attack, its claws out. Parker is adeptly able to portray the moisture in the cat’s eyes and the softness of its fur.