Harrison Weir was born in Lewes, East Sussex, in 1824. His father was a bank manager but Harrison Weir's interests were artistic and he was apprenticed to George Baxter to learn the skills of engraving and printing. Useful though these were they did not give Harrison Weir enough scope for his creativity. He left and went to work at The Illustrated London News and so started a career of writing (prose and poetry), drawing and painting. He loved animals, both in reality (he started a Cat Club similar in purpose to Crufts for dogs) and as subjects for his art. He was also a show judge. A man we might now describe as a workaholic, he was prolific and thank goodness as we have so much to enjoy.