John Emms British, 1844-1912

John Emms was born in Norfolk, the son of artist Henry William Emms. He exhibited work at the Royal Academy from 1866, and worked as a studio assistant to Lord Frederick Leighton in Lyndhurst from 1872. Emms was an enthusiastic huntsman and bon viveur; he was known for his bohemian style of dress. He favoured sporting subjects and animal portraits, particularly dogs, and developed a confident, painterly style with loose brushwork and a warm, restricted palette.