Winifred Austen was a British illustrator, painter, etcher and aquatint engraver. From a young age, Austens talents were recognisable and she was enrolled in a private art school in London where she was taught by Louise Jopling-Rowe, one of the most prominent female artists of the Victorian era, and Cuthbert E. Swan, who was renowned as a painter of animals, particularly big cats such as lions and tigers. Austen began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1908 and she received many commissions for book illustrations and magazines. Austen settled in Suffolk, where she lived a fairly reclusive life following the death of her husband, and kept innumerable pets that also became subjects for her work. Austen was particularly skilful at bringing life to small mammals and birds and is remembered as one of the greatest British wildlife artists of her generation.