JOHN EMMS 1844-1912

Biography – John Emms

John Emms was born in 1844 in Norfolk. He was a sporting and dog artist based in London from 1880.

When he lived in London he assisted Frederic Leighton, when he visited Lyndhurst in 1864, to paint a fresco in Lyndhurst Church.

He also painted a fresco in Sopley Church in 1871 and he moved to Lyndhurst to live 1872. 

From this point, with his connection with the New Forest Fox Hounds, he was comission to paint numerous dog and horse portraits.

In 1902 he suffered a bleed on the brain which resulted in paralyses and pain. He was then able to only paint small dog portraits .

Many of his paintings were handed over to the Stag Hotel in Lyndhurst and local shopkeepers to pay his food and bar bills! In recent times some of these pictures have resurfaced from relatives of these local businesses.

John Emms died in 1912 in Lyndhurst.

Exhibited at:

Royal Society of Artists

Dudley Gallery

Grosvenor Gallery

International Society

Manchester City Art Gallery

Royal Academy of Arts in London

Royal Society of British Artists

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours

Royal Institute of Oil Painters

Related artists : Frederic Golden Short, Arthur Batt and Barry Peckham


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John Emms Original signed oil painting of New Forest Hounds

Title: “Hounds”
Medium: Original signed oil painting