London – Foxhounds and a hunt terrier by John Emms (1843-1912) sold for £79,000 at the 19th Century and British Impressionist Art sale in London on Wednesday 30 March. It had been estimated at £15,000-20,000. The sale made a total of £2,200,000.

Charles O’Brien, Bonhams Head of 19th Century and British Impressionist Art, said: “Arguably one of the best painters of dogs of his generation John Emms stands alone in his ability to depict the hound. Although small in scale, this work is a classic example of the artist at his best. Full of character, empathy and understanding for the subject, the format and composition is one that Emms used frequently, but rarely to better effect.”

Other highlights included:

• Blackgame packing by Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935). A perfect example from 1910 of the artist’s uncanny ability to capture British wildlife, particularly game birds, against an evocative background. Sold for £75,250 (estimate: £30,000-50,000.

• Returning from the Fair, Co. Galway by William Bartlett (1858-1932). This work dates from a rich period in Bartlett’s artistic career and reflects his strong empathy with the hard life endured by peasant farmers in the west of Ireland. Sold for £32,250 (estimate: £20,000-30,000)

• The Mountain Mists by Herbert Draper (1864-1920). The work is a preparatory study for a larger canvas of the same title. The artist set great store by his oil sketches which can be seen as smaller versions of the larger works rather than simply studies. Indeed, Draper is known to have produced earlier, looser sketches of the work. Sold for £56,500 (estimate: £30,000-50,000).

• The Rabbi and his daughter by Isaak Asknasij (Russin 1856-1902). Born into a family of wealthy Hasidic Jewish merchants, with a long rabbinical tradition, Asknasij’s early talent for drawing was noticed and encouraged by his parents. Many of his works focus on Jewish themes, with much of his subject matter being derived from the Old Testament. Sold for £54,750 (estimate: £5,000-7,000).