National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jane Erin Emmet De Glehn
October 08 1873 - 1961
John Singer Sargent, The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy, 1907 (detail - portrait of Jane Erin Emmet and Wilfrid Von Glehn). Oil on canvas. 28 x 22 inches (71.5 x 56.5 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. Gift of the Friends of American Art Collection
Place of Birth:
New Rochelle
American, British – English
Phonetic Spelling:
(jay-n) AIR-ehn EH-meht deh glehn
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Active Dates:
1905 - 1940
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting
Artistic Role(s):
Landscape Painter, Painter, Pastelist, Portraitist, Sketcher, Still life Painter
Artist's Biography:
Painter, pastelist, and sketcher Jane Erin Emmet De Glehn was the youngest daughter in the artistic Emmet family including sisters Rosina Emmet Sherwood and Lydia Field Emmet, and cousin Ellen Emmet Rand. All noteworthy portraitists, Jane’s sisters gained prominence in America while Jane’s career developed and prospered in Europe. Her paintings, executed with loose brushstrokes and often dappled in light, demonstrate her mastery of color and form.

Born in New Rochelle, New York in 1873, Jane was the daughter of illustrator Julia Colt Pierson Emmet. Like her sisters, she studied at The Art Students League of New York, the Shinnecock Summer School in Long Island, and under William Merritt Chase at his Tenth Street Studio in New York.

Jane met English landscape impressionist Wilfrid Gabriel De Glehn when he was in America helping John Singer Sargent paint murals for the Boston Public Library. Jane and Wilfrid moved to England after their marriage in 1904 and bought a house in Chelsea, the artists’ section of London. There Jane became integrated with Wilfrid’s artistic and intellectual friends, developing a close relationship with Sargent. While Jane’s early work was delicate and meticulously painted still lifes and portraits, her later repertoire included many landscapes painted while traveling with Wilfrid and Sargent throughout Europe and the United States. The three artists often worked together and depicted each other in their paintings, following each other in style and form. Although she did not exhibit her work often, De Glehn had a prosperous artistic career and died in England in 1961.

Other Occupation(s):
Place(s) of Activity:
New York
Where Trained/Schools:
The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY, USA (1889-1898) Shinnecock Summer School, Long Island, NY, USA Private lessons, New York, NY, USA
Related Visual Artists:
daughter of Julia Colt Pierson Emmet sister of Rosina Emmet Sherwood sister of Lydia Field Emmet cousin of Ellen Emmet Rand cousin of Lily Cushing Emmet wife of Wilfrid Gabriel De Glehn great-great-aunt of Edna Kurtz Emmet great-great-aunt of Herman LeRoy Emmet great-niece of Elizabeth Emmet friend of John Singer Sargent friend of Ruth Draper friend of Roger Quilter friend of Mark Raphael friend of Gabriel Fauré friend of Percy Grainger friend of Pablo Casals friend of Lynn Fontanne friend of Alfred Lunt student of William Meritt Chase
Earliest exhibition:
Seventieth Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1901)
Related places
Wiltshire (died at)