John Philipps Emslie

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John Philipps Emslie (1839–1913) was a British topographical artist and folklorist.

Front cover for New Canterbury Tales by John Philipps Emslie.

From 1854, Emslie studied at The Working Men’s College, and was a student of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.[1]

He became a topographical artist,[2] and illustrated The Illustrated topical record of London vol. 9. in 1900.

He wrote and illustrated the New Canterbury Tales (Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh) ca.1887.[3]

Emslie was an original member of The Folklore Society and was a council member for that Society.[4] He gathered local folklore from around England, making notes and topographical drawings.[5]


  1. ^ J. F. C. Harrison ,A History of the Working Men's College (1854-1954), Routledge Kegan Paul, 1954
  2. ^ Guildhall Studies in London History 2 (1976) 69-76.
  3. ^ J. P. Elmslie. New Canterbury Tales (1887).
  4. ^ Folklore, Gillian Bennett, 1469-8315, Volume 112, Issue 1, 2001, Pages 95 – 106
  5. ^ Scraps of Folklore Collected by John Philipps Emslie, C. S. Burne, Folklore, Vol. 26, No. 2. (Jun. 30, 1915), pp. 153-170.