The William Secord Gallery is pleased to present “John Emms; Paintings of the Sporting Life,” the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of this artist’s work. Timed to coincide with the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, this exhibition opens on February 8th, and includes over 50 paintings dating from the 1860's through the 1890's when Emms was renowned for his paintings of Foxhounds, terriers, spaniels and other sporting breeds. Also included are examples of his purebred dog portraits, commissioned by wealthy dog fanciers to immortalize their famous champions of the show bench.
Born the son of an artist near Blowfield, England, the young Emms soon moved to London where he apprenticed with Lord Frederick Leighton, the great academic painter. Emms soon struck out on his own, however, painting images that even today conjure up the romance and beauty of English country life. Emms maintained studios in both London and Lyndhurst in the New Forest area of England, a center for foxhunting and country sports. In a time when Victorian painting was detailed and highly finished, Emms’ paintings were characterized by a quick and bold painterly style. He some became known for his ability to capture the essence of a subject with seemingly effortless applications of paint. He quickly gained a following among the sporting gentry of the day.
This exhibition is drawn largely from two important private collections and includes portraits of Foxhounds at rest and in the field. Also included are several paintings of Clumber Spaniels, a breed which was developed at Clumber Park by the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle, horses, and Jack Russell Terriers, among many others. There are also several portraits of purebred dogs: the Princess de Montglyon’s Champion Collies, G. A. Latham’s Dandie Dinmont Terriers and Col. C. S. Dean’s Ch. Benham Busybody, perhaps the best known of all Manchester Terriers.
The paintings in this exhibition are all available for purchase and all subject to prior sale.
For more information, please contact Galina Zhitomirsky: email@example.com
William Secord Gallery
52 East 76 Street
New York, NY 10021