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John Emms

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John Emms (born Norfolk in 1844, died 1 November 1912 in Lyndhurst, Hampshire) was an English artist. He was also an avid hunter and became famous for equine and canine paintings (particularly foxhounds and terriers) and exhibited several times at the Royal Academy, beginning in 1866. His paintings are signed “Jno Emms”.

Emms married Fanny Primmer of Lyndhurst in 1880. The couple lived in London for a time but returned to Lyndhurst in 1881 and built a large house and studio named "The Firs", where Emms lived for the rest of his life.

Emms is considered a painter of great ability. According to the American Kennel Club, his painting The New Forest Foxhounds is valued at an estimated $800,000-$1.2 million.


  • The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists.
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