Helena J Maguire (1860-1909) born in London and was a well known figure and domestic painter, and illustrator. Helena was the daughter of Thomas Herbert Maguire and sister of Adelaide Agnes Maguire both accomplished artists of their day. She painted children and animals in watercolor, mostly for children's books. Her widely known charming paintings of cats were frequently reproduced as postcards and prints. As an illustrator, Maguire worked (among others) for McLoughlin Brothers Publishing Co. According to the 1913 Dictionary of Irish Artists, Helena Maguire exhibited at the Institute of Painters in Water-colours, and in the Royal Academy from 1881 to 1892.