Winifred Maria Louise Austen
Winifred Maria Louise Austen (12 July 1876– 1 November 1964) RI, RE (1876-1964) was an English illustrator, painter, etcher and aquatint engraver, particularly known for her detailed depictions of small mammals and birds. Born in Ramsgate,Kent, in 1876, her parents were Josiah Austin, a Cornish naval surgeon, and Fanny (née Mann) Austin. Her father eventually went on to become a doctor in London. She attended the London County Council School of Arts and Crafts, where she was taught by Cuthbert Edmund Swan, an animal painter. Austen also took private lessons with the artist Louise Jopling.
Austen was elected to the Society of Women Artists (1902), the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (1907), the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (1933), and from 1903, she was a fellow of the Royal Zoological Society.