Callum by John Emms button badge

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2.5 cm (Diameter)

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2.5 cm single button badge featuring, Callum by John Emms, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

This enamel pin badge is made by coating the metal backed pins with glass enamel and then firing them in a kiln. The result is a vibrant and highly detailed pin badge that will be the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.

Callum was a Dandie Dinmont terrier owned by Mr James Cowan Smith. In 1919 Mr. Smith who bequeathed £55,000 to the National Galleries of Scotland, forming an important trust fund for acquisitions for the galleries. His bequest had two conditions: the first that the Gallery provided for his dog Fury, who survived him; the second that Emms’ picture of his previous dog Callum should always be hung in the Gallery. Both conditions were fulfilled, and Callum still hangs in the Scottish Gallery in memory of his owner.

Born in Norfolk in 1843, John Emms (1843 – 1912) began his career after he moved to London to become a studio assistant to Lord Leighton. From 1866 onwards, Emms was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy of London, with the main subjects of his paintings being dogs and horses. He was admired for the vitality of his animals and was in demand across the country as an animal portraitist.