Joseph Clark is best known for capturing the spirit of Victorian England in his charming domestic genre scenes featuring children and animals, and families gathering around the hearth. Clark frequently chose subjects which sought to remind people of their good fortune in having a caring family at a time when many children grew up as orphans in workhouses. Born in Dorset, Clark was encouraged to pursue his artistic education in London and attended Leighs Academy. At the age of twenty-three, Clark exhibited his first painting at the Royal Academy in London, where would continue to exhibit with great success for many years. He won awards for his work in America and his paintings were acquired for the nation in 1877 and 1885 and are part of the permanent collection of the Tate Britain and the Victoria Albert Museum in London.