Click image for larger. Image credit Wikipaintings, here. Portrait of Louise Vernet as a Child, Theodore Gericault, 1819, oil on canvas, 50 cm x 60 cm, held by Musee du Louvre, Paris, France.
Zuffi laconically observes:
Following the eighteenth-century fashion for depicting cats held in the arms of their owners, Gericault portrayed Louise, daughter of the well-known painter Horace Vernet, posed with an enormous cat.
Enormous, indeed--the cat looks like a mountain lion. But at least it's placid, for now.