Henriette Ronner was a pupil of her father, Josephus Augustus Knip (see lots 127-9 in this sale). At a young age she assisted and worked with her aged father, slowly developing her own style as a painter of animals, especially dogs. In 1850 she married and settled in Brussels. After 1870, she concentrated on depicting cats.
Ronner did a number of animal studies in watercolour, most are similarly signed with a monogram and dated like the following lot in this sale, together with those in the printroom of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, H.J. Kraaij, Henriette Ronner-Knip 1821-1909, Een virtuoos dierschilderes, Schiedam, 1998, p. 19, fig. 10, and that in the Van Regteren Altena Collection, F. Kuyvenhoven, R. Peeters, op.cit., p. 90, fig. 34