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 Jane Erin Emmet De Glehn  (1873 - 1961)

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Lived/Active: New York / United Kingdom/England      Known for: portrait and figure painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jane Erin Emmet de Glehn was an American figure and portrait painter.  Born in New Rochelle, New York, she was the youngest daughter of ten siblings. Her great-great-uncle Robert Emmet was a notable Irish nationalist who was hanged in 1803 for high treason by the British court for his attempt to implement an Irish rebellion. Lydia Field Emmet's great-grandfather Thomas Addis Emmet, Robert's older brother, emigrated to the United States after Robert's execution. Thomas Addis Emmet would later become the New York State Attorney General. His daughter Elizabeth Emmet (b.1794), Jane's great-aunt, would study portraiture under the direction of a steamboat designer and portrait artist named Thomas Fulton.[3]

Both her older sisters Rosina Emmet Sherwood (1854–1948) and Lydia Field Emmet (1866–1952) would also become successful artists, as well as their first cousin Ellen Emmet "Bay" Rand (1876–1941) Jane is also the aunt of the prominent American playwright Robert Emmet Sherwood.

One of Emmet de Glenn's brothers, William LeRoy Emmet, was an accomplished engineer employed by General Electric. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, he was a pioneer in the areas of current electricity and power generation, best known for his work with steam turbines, mercury vapor, and electric ship propulsion. Another of her brothers was Robert Temple Emmet, a West Point graduate, and Medal of Honor recipient.

Jane Emmet's career began while studying at the New York's Art Students League and studied under Frederick William MacMonnies. Then she travelled to Europe to view the work of the Grand Masters and continue her studies. After returning to America, she met and married the notable British impressionist painter Wilfrid de Glehn (1870–1951) in 1904 in New Rochelle, New York.

Following her marriage to de Glehn, the couple honeymooned in Cornwall, England and vacationed in Paris and Venice and made a permanent home in London. In England Jane continued to draw and paint, exhibiting her work at the New English Art Club, the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy. She worked mainly in the mediums of chalk and charcoal. The young couple became frequent travelling companions of the American painter John Singer Sargent, whom Jane Emmet de Glehn had met at performance of the dancer Carmencita in 1890, and between 1905 and 1914 the trio often depicted each other in each of their works whilst travelling throughout Europe.

When World War I broke out, both Jane and Wilfrid joined the staff of a British hospital for French soldiers, Hôpital Temporaire d'Arc-en-Barrois, Haute-Marne, France in January 1915. On their return to England the following year Wifrid was commissioned and seconded to the Front in Italy in 1917. After the war they returned to England and Wilfrid held a solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries and another solo show in New York in 1920. For the next decade the two would spend summers in Cornwall and winters in France.

Unlike her sisters, or her cousin Ellen Emmet Rand, or even her husband, Jane Emmet de Glehn was not a prolific artist; after 1913 Jane generally exhibited her work alongside of that of her husband. During the 1930s and 1940s Jane had a studio in New York. In 1940 she shared an exhibition with her sister Lydia Field Emmet, and like her sisters and cousin, preferred to mostly work in portraiture. After her husband's death in 1951, Jane Emmet de Glehn spent much of her time casually sketching her extended family and members of her social circle. She and Wilfrid had no children and she died in 1961.

In late April 2007, Arden Galleries in Manhattan held a family exhibit of five generations of the Emmet women's paintings. The 130 exhibits by 14 artists began with nine portraits by Jane Emmet de Glehn's great-aunt Elizabeth Emmet (a.k.a. Elizabeth Emmet LeRoy) and ended with nine sculptures by great-great-grandniece Julia Townsend, aged 22, and with two by Beulah Emmet, aged 18.


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A member of the Emmet family of female painters, Jane Emmet was a portrait and figure painter who married artist Wilfred De Glehn in 1904. The couple traveled with John Singer Sargent, who, between 1910 and 1912, painted them together, especially in Italy and Greece.

Between World War I and World War II, the couple spent much time in New England and in New York where she had a studio.

Jane Emmet De Glehn studied at the Art Students League in New York, and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, the Dusseldorf Academy, and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Jane Emmet De Glehn died in Stratford Tony, Wiltshire, England on Feb 20, 1961. Her husband, Wilfred, died there ten years earlier on May 11, 1951.

Indicative of the talented family of artists to which she belonged was an exhibition of works of the Emmet family of women artists, at Borghi & Company, 26 E. 80th in New York City, March 1993.  The first of the Emmet women to become an artist was Ellen Emmet Rand's great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Emmet Le Roy. Other Emmet artists include: Jilia Colt Pierson Emmet; Rosina Emmet Sherwood; Lydia Field Emmet; Jane Emmet de Glehn; Ellen Emmet Rand; and Edith Leslie Emmet. Only the last is missing from the current show. Ellen II lives in Brooklyn and runs a catering business.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
The New Yorker online archives

Source: Susanna Doyle, a family member, January 2005

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