631
631

PROPERTY FROM THE JOHN F. EULICH COLLECTION

John Emms
BRITISH
NEW FOREST BUCKHOUNDS AND A TERRIER IN THEIR LODGES 
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
631

PROPERTY FROM THE JOHN F. EULICH COLLECTION

John Emms
BRITISH
NEW FOREST BUCKHOUNDS AND A TERRIER IN THEIR LODGES 
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

|
New York

John Emms
1843 - 1912
BRITISH
NEW FOREST BUCKHOUNDS AND A TERRIER IN THEIR LODGES 
signed JNO EMMS (lower right)
oil on canvas
24 by 30 in.
61 by 76.2 cm
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

We would like to thank Annie Cairns of the British Sporting Art Trust for her contribution to this catalogue note.

Provenance

Private Collection, United States
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, May 18, 2016, lot 87, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale 

Catalogue Note

In 1864, when he was living in London, John Emms came to Lyndhurst in the New Forest to work with Frederic, Lord Leighton on a fresco for St Michael and All Angels. In 1880 he married Fanny Primmer, the daughter of a Lyndhurst official, and in 1886 the couple settled in town, building an imposing house, The Firs, where Emms remained for the rest of his life.

Emms painted the New Forest Buckhounds and Foxhounds on numerous occasions. The size of the hounds in the present painting, and the set of steel and leather couples lying by the hunting whip on the red coat, suggest that they are Buckhounds. The couples were used for the "tufters", the small advance guard of hounds used to separate a fallow buck and set it running, before the main pack was brought out and laid on its scent.

The fluid, energetic style of the painting, which so brilliantly conveys the play of light on the hounds’ coats and the rough textures of this hunt terrier, indicates a date in the 1890s. In his mature work, Emms is more concerned with atmosphere, using a subdued palette which evokes the crepuscular light of the kennel and the companionable relaxation of the hounds. 

19th Century European Art

|
New York