Edited Press Release
The National Sporting Library and MuseumMIDDLEBURG, VA– Two exhibitions on the life and career of nineteenth-century painter Edward Troye (1808-1874) are now on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM). Edward Troye and His Biographers: The Archives of Harry Worcester Smith and Alexander Mackay-Smith, on view in the Library through February, and Faithfulness to Nature: Paintings by Edward Troye, on view in the Museum through March 29, 2015, are the first in the newly introduced “Coming Home Series.”
“The Coming Home Series, an exciting new program developed at the institution, pairs one of our John H. Daniels Fellows with NSLM curators to research the Library’s extensive holdings and plan exhibitions and publication projects,” said NSLM Chairman Manuel H. Johnson. “The first in this series is a focus on the nineteenth century animal artist, Edward Troye. His work in particular epitomizes the aim of the series to mine some of the most important holdings of the Library.”
John EmmsOnce 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.