Frederick Dielman (American artist, 1847-1935) The Widow
Cat in a Ruff painting - one of Mark Twain's favorites. The Cat in a Ruff is a painting of unknown origin that the Clemens family had on the mantle in their library.
Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, & intentions to non-human entities, such as pets. In addition, anthropomorphism is considered to have been an innate tendency of human psychology for centuries past as well. Here is a 1600s painter doing just that.
Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne (Dutch 1589–1662) "How well we go together" The Hague c 1625-34 (Female skating owl sports a fine ruff.)
There seem to be quite a few contemporary artists creating recent images of anthropomorphism reflecting those ruffs of the Victorian period.
Design on a French tray from Ibride of Rachel Conver's 'Rabbit in Costume'
Design on a French tray from Ibride
The Duchess of Oak Nut Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard.
Shauna Finn. Cat in a Cartwheel Ruff
Annabelle the Springer Spaniel by Carol Lew