William Luker, Jr. (1867-1951, British)

William Luker, Jr. (1867-1951, British), was a Victorian painter, the eldest of six children. His father (William Luker, Sr, 1828-1905) was a landscape painter and William followed in his footsteps. His greatest success was painting the adored pets of his patrons, capturing their unique personalities and charm. Not only did Luker paint cats, but he also painted other animals such as horses. In 1897, he painted the famous racehorse Florizel II who was owned by Edward, Prince of Wales, Queen Victoria’s eldest son. Luker used oil on canvas as well as watercolors and even created fine pen and ink drawings. He illustrated many books, including The Book of the Cat by Frances Simpson. From 1895-1945, he exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists.  His original works can be found in the Royal Collection Trust, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Auckland Art Gallery.

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Abyssinian and Indian Cats from a painting by William Luker. Jr



Black and White Persian cats, after a painting by William Luker Jr



Black Manx and Royal Siamese Cats from a painting by William Luker, Jr.



Blue and cream Persian cats public domain William Luker



Blue and White Shorthaired Cats, William Luker, Jr.



Brown Tabby and Orange Tabby Short-Haired Cats



Persian Cat with Red Ball, William Luker


Smoke and Orange Persian Cats



Tortoiseshell and Black tabby cats, William LukerTortoiseshell and Black tabby cats, William Luker



Tortoiseshell and Calico Persians



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