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Lot 451 (British & International Pictures, 29th August 2018)


Sold for £2,800

Condition report
Very good overall condition. No visible signs of damage.


JOHN EMMS (BRITISH 1843 -1912),
oil on canvas, signed (JNO EMMS) and dated (18)73
36cm x 30.5cm
Label verso: Inscribed with title "Simplicity, Price 15.0.0 by John Emms, Lyndhurst, Hants"

Note: Emms was born in Blofield, Norfolk the son of artist Henry William Emms. He was an avid hunter and became famous for his paintings of horses, and of dogs, particularly foxhounds and terriers. He exhibited at Royal Academy the several times, beginning in 1866. His paintings are usually signed “Jno Emms”. He married Fanny Primmer of Lyndhurst, Hampshire, in 1880. The couple lived in London for a time but returned to Lyndhurst in 1881 and built a large house and studio named The Firs, where Emms lived for the rest of his life. He died in Lyndhurst. His painting of “Callum” a Dandie Dinmont hangs in the National Gallery of Scotland. Emms is considered a painter of great ability. On 3rd November 2004 Sotheby’s sold “Two Setters” (signed and dated ‘89, oil on canvas, 36x46cm) for £43,200 (Lot 1, Olympia) and Sotheby’s New York sold “Fox Hounds & A Terrier” (a signed oil on canvas 50.80 x 41.20 cm) for USD 53,125 (premium) on 9th May 2014.

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