Once thought to be by an anonymous, 'European" artist, this touching portrait of a sleeping Foxhound has only recently been correctly attributed to the English artist, John Emms. Emms signed the painting by inscribing his name into the wet oil paint, something he often did with his smaller paintings. The signature, inscription and date, previously obscured by layers of surface dirt and yellowing varnish, is now after cleaning, bright and clear.
Recumbent Foxhound is painted in the artist's signature style, capturing the essence of this hound with quick, short brush strokes. Emms was himself a sportsman, riding to the hounds with various hunts in and around the New Forest in southern England, something which is reflected in his innate understanding of this hound's anatomy.
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