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Arthur John Elsley (1860-1952, British) is famous for his genre paintings during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Children accompanied by St. Bernards, Collies, terriers and kittens were his main subjects. Born in London, his father was an artist who had exhibited his works at the British Institution. Probably due to his father’s influence, from his early childhood Elsley was interested in art and enrolled in several art schools. In 1882, he started to take commissions to paint portraits, and many of these came from the Benett-Stanford family. After the death of Charles Burton Barber, Elsley became the foremost painter of children and pets. Many of his paintings were used for advertisements, calendars and illustrations in magazines.