The New Student's Reference Work/Beard, William Holbrook

Beard, William Holbrook, an American portrait and animal painter, was born at Painesville, Ohio, April 13, 1825, and died February 20, 1900.  After studying art in Europe, he settled in New York, where he was very successful in painting pictures of animals.  He had quite a gift for depicting with humor animal life, and for giving human expression to the faces of his animal subjects.  Some of his best known pictures are Kittens and Guinea Pig, Bears on a Bender, Voices of the Night, Who’s Afraid, Raining Cats and Dogs, etc.  A collection of his sketches appeared in 1885, with the title: Humor in Animals.