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JOHN EMMS (1843-1912)

The Red Squirrel

Oil on canvas
size 12" x 10" (30cms x 25cms)
Price on application

John Emms was born at Blofield, Norfolk in 1843. He was the son of the painter Henry William Emms. The young John Emms worked in London as a studio assistant to the successful Lord Frederick Leighton, but soon went on his own. John Emms was a prolific artist and while his early portraits were highly finished, he later developed a very distinctive style in which he created expressive animal portraits with a bold, almost calligraphic brush stroke. Because of his deep understanding of animal anatomy and his painterly skills, this often resulted in loose, painterly portraits that have a fresh, immediate quality. John Emms exhibited 290 works at the Royal Academy from 1866 on, and in 1875 three of his paintings were exhibited at the London exhibition, "The Beauties of the New Forest".

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