Harrison Weir

Harrison Weir (1824 – 1906) is one of the most beloved of the artists, who were prolific during the Golden Age of Book Illustration. Along with his many wonderful illustrations, we have him to thank for founding the National Cat Club in 1887. It’s no wonder so many of my favorite illustrations of his would be of cats.

Weir was an English artist who is also sometimes referred to as “The Father of the Cat Fancy.” He started his professional career as an apprentice printer – learning to engrave and draw on wood. His favorite subjects were birds, mammals and other subjects from nature. He wrote beautifully illustrated books about cats and poultry. You can see examples from both of his books here on ReusableArt.com.

vintage white sitting cat drawing

White Sitting Cat

Fez is such a pretty and stately looking cat. This vintage white sitting cat drawing is in the public domain and free to download from Reusable Art.

vintage white cat drawing

White Cat Drawing

Vintage white cat drawing from 1892. A fine example of a white Persian cat. A great black and white drawing by Harrison Weir (1824-1906).

Silver Tabby

He is called the Father of Cat Fancy. But, to this pretty silver tabby cat may have called him Daddy. Weir’s Old Lady was part of his book about cats.

Fluffy Cat

Muff was the inspiration for this lovely fluffy cat drawing by Harrison Weir. She was a lovely white Persian who was part of his famous book all about cats.

Simple Cat Drawing

Made up of primarily little lines, simple cat drawing by Harrison Weir with so much detail and personality. Like all of his work, it’s in the public domain.

White Persian Cat Drawing

Vintage white Persian cat drawing by Harrison Weir (1824-1906). A lovely cat caught in the middle of washing his face from an 1892 book by Weir.

Black Cat Face

Spooky, yet charming black cat face drawing for Halloween. A great piece to add a little feline charm to your holiday projects.

Cat Face

Two of my favorite things; cats and the artwork of Harrison Weir. Sweet line drawing of a tabby cat’s face from his book all about cats.

Evening Song

So many wonderful bird illustrations from Harrison Weir and this one is no exception. A bird on a branch serenading the setting sun with an evening song.

Grey Elephant Drawing

Lovely and very vintage grey elephant drawing. He looks a bit friendly and almost flirty to me. Free download from ReusableArt.com.

Lion Watercolor

Stately lion color from a vintage book. The drawing was done by Harrison Weir but I suspect the coloring was done by another, unnamed artist.

Sheep Drawing

Vintage sheep drawing by the famous illustrator Harrison Weir. A line drawing, roughly colorized with watercolors.