Callum by John Emms A5 postcard
21 x 14.8 cm postcard of Callum by John Emms, from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
Callum was a Dandie Dinmont terrier owned by Mr James Cowan Smith who bequeathed £55,000 to the National Gallery of Scotland in 1919. This enormous amount formed an important trust fund for acquisitions.
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 although Fury is long since dead, Callum still hangs in the Gallery in memory of his owner.
John Emms (1844 – 1 November 1912) was an English artist.