Artist Harrison Wear and “Our cats and everything for them”!

HARRISON William William (1824-1906) is one of the most interesting artists – naturalists of the Victorian Great Britain.
In his love for nature interweaving interests for birds, fruit trees, dog pigeons, gardens and domestic cats!

And what more eloquent proof of this love for cats can be from the fact that Wyre is known as “The Father of the Cat Fancy,” in a free, but in this case the most accurate, translation: “The Father of Cat Madness”!
He organized the first cat show in the Crystal Palace in London in July 1871. He and his brother John Jenner Weyer were two of the three judges at the exhibition. In 1887 Harrison Weyer founded the National Cat Cat Club and became his president and exhibition manager until his resignation in 1890.

His brother John Jenner Weyer is no less interesting personality – an amateur entomologist, ornithologist and botanist. Today, he is known as one of the naturalists who maintain active correspondence and provide important insights into the research of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace. Dr. W. Weyer has a very important role in formulating Wallace’s theory of warning coloring in nature as a protective mechanism (apoesmatism) by taking up the bulk of observations in the natural environment of animals …

But go back to Harrison Weir …
He was born in 1824 in Lewis, Sussex. He studied at the Albany Academy in Cambrew until 1837 when he became a trainee of George Baxter, one of the pioneers of color printing in Europe. Weyer works in every area of ​​Baxter’s business, whose main business is printing on plates.

From Baxter he learns to engrave and paint on a tree, and his little leisure time devotes himself to perfecting his skills to paint birds, mammals and other creatures from nature. In 1842, Herbert Ingram founded Illustrated London News and hired Wyearr as an artist and engraver since the first issue, a long and successful collaboration.
In 1845, for the first time, Wyler showed his painting of the wild duck “The Dead Shot”. In the same year, he married Anne – the daughter of one of Britain’s greatest horses painters, John Frederick Hering Senior (

But horses appear extremely rarely in Wyre’s paintings. During his long career, he exhibited his artworks on exhibitions relatively rarely, but his paintings are still presented at the Royal Academy of Art, the Suffolk Gallery and other galleries. After his election as a member of the New Society of Artists with Watercolors in 1849, Wyer showed his works mostly there – about 100 paintings.

 Wyre’s interests as an artist are varied – in 1866 he began work on his Victorian Girly House “Weirleigh” in Matfield, Kent. Later the beautiful house was sold to the Sasun family, in 1886 the English poet and writer Siegfried Sassun was born. The house exists today.

  The exquisite engravings, drawings, and paintings by naturalist Harrison Weir decorate many of the books published in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century, mostly related to wildlife: among them are the “Illustrated Natural History” by Reverend John George Woods, “Wildlife Hunting and Natural History of Scotland “by Charles St. John and all the illustrations of George Fileler Townsend’s” Three Thousand Fables of Ezobo “.

In the picture on the left, you can see a facsimile at the beginning of the fox frog.
H. Weyer illustrates books on the natural history of authors such as Sarah Bodwick Lee. The artist is extremely popular as an illustrator and works not only for Illustrated London News but also for other newspapers such as Pictorial Times, Field and Pictorial World.
In addition, in some cases Harrison Wyre himself draws and illustrates books (“Poetry of Nature” 1867), writes and illustrates “Everyday in the Land” (1883) and “Animal Cases – Old and New” (1885). His friend has poets and writers like Henry Mayhew, Albert Smith, Tom Hood Jr. and William Tekeri.


In 1889, Harrison Weyer wrote and, of course, perfectly illustrates the book that sets the foundation for modern standards in felinology: Our Cats and All About Them. It describes and draws on all the well-known breeds of cats at that time.

This is the first book of cats of this type, and Wyre’s descriptions turn into stringent standards valid without compromise until World War II. We are pleased to present to our readers as a .pdf file the complete original edition of this book, which is still extremely interesting today!
                                                    Our Cats and All About Them
As an exhibition judge, H. Weyer has serious professional interests and as a breeder not only for cats, but also for mail pigeons and poultry. All these animals together with dogs and rabbits are at the heart of his work.

And they are world famous. The artist loves the infinite nature – interested not only animals and birds, but also from the garden (so that British art) and the cultivation of fruit trees. She writes many letters, articles with beautiful illustrations for various periodicals for gardens. And the Messrs. Garrard & Co. committed him to make the bowl design for all the best-known annual horse races such as Askhat and Goodwood. Harrison Weir is a member of the prestigious British clubs like Savage, Whitefriars, Constitutional, Horticultural, Wigwam, Hamburgh.

He died in 1906, leaving behind a priceless collection of paintings, drawings and engravings have caught the beauty of nature and its infinite love her.

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