John Emms

Waiting for Master

Waiting for Master

JOHN EMMS

1841 - 1912

Title:   “Waiting for Master”

Date:   1876

Size:    Height 19 ½ inches    Width 23 ½ inches (framed) 

This accomplished English sporting painter was born on the 21st of April 1841 at Blofield, Norfolk. His father Henry William Emms was an artist and so it is not surprising that John Emms showed an interest in art from an early age. Having completed his schooling, he travelled to London to commence his art studies, his first job being an assistant to Lord Leighton. From 1866 to 1903, he exhibited at the Royal Academy with titles including: “Foxhound Whelps” 1875; “Dreaming of the Chase” 1877; “Cubs Playing” 1878; ‘Hounds at Rest” 1880; etc. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, British Institution, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery, Dudley Gallery, etc.

He was a keen huntsman and many of his paintings depicted scenes of the hunting field which he held so close to his heart. He painted some exceptional images of fox terriers and fox hounds, which he particularly specialized in, portraying them with great sensitivity. Emms was a superb draughtsman and anatomist, capable of painting animals with vigour and true insight. He was recognized and respected as one of the finest sporting painters spanning the 19th and 20th centuries.

This endearing scene is a superb example of his work capturing his favourite subject matter in a manner which only the very best of animal artists could accomplish. It is presented in pristine condition in a period frame and is signed and dated by the artist.