“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.” - Albert Schweitzer
Helena Maguire's cats can walk tightropes, pack suitcases and sled down snowy hills. And they can do all these things while still looking sweet and adorable. Maguire was born in London in 1860, and her paintings reflect Victorian England's love of all things feline. She painted both naturalistic and anthropomorphic scenes of cats and other animals, and her watercolors were displayed at the Royal Academy and the Institute of Painters. Maguire's work was published in children's books and featured on postcards and remains popular and collectible today.