I spotted these charming cabinet pictures and being a cat lover, immediately fell in love with their charm and humor. I could imagine the claws digging into the body of the unfortunate child moments after a loud sound woke them up from their contented nap. I recognized the pictures as being post-Civil war American examples, and when I took one down from the wall, saw that they were probably in their original frames, and were signed by an artist whose name was familiar to me, although I knew Ida Waugh (1846-1919) more for her relationship to her father Samuel Bell Waugh, a prominent genre painter and portraitist, and half=brother Frederick Judd Waugh, famous for his highly repetitive scenes of crashing waves. The Waugh family were prominent in the Philadelphia art scene. The paintings weren't inexpensive, so I did some research on the artist before pulling the trigger. I discovered that Ida was trained by her father, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and in Paris at the internationally-known Academie Julian. She achieved renown for her images of babies and toddlers, which were widely exhibited and published. Prang lithography firm used her compositions extensively, as did McLoughlin Brothers, and they were issued separately as prints, advertisements, and greeting cards for individual sale. Waugh was also a respected portrait painter and there are a number of her portraits in various Philadelphia organizations and companies. What is rare about this pair are their depictions of a black toddler; the preponderance of her paintings depict white children. However, the style is not obviously caricatured, as were the majority of depictions of blacks at that time, which struck me as unusual.