Joseph William Carey was an illustrator, seascape and landscape painter born in Belfast. He was one of the original members of the Belfast Ramblers Sketching Club. In 1893, Carey showed his first work at the Water Colour Society of Ireland exhibition and ended up contributing a total of seventy pictures there over the years.
Joseph was an active member of the Belfast Art Society and later became an Academician of the Ulster Academy of Arts.
One of the highlights of Carey’s career was in 1903 when he completed a series of thirteen scenes of Belfast history. They were painted on canvas and exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1915-1935.