Emmet Brady (1846-1933) was born in Glasgow and lived and worked as a painter and etcher in Scotland spending time between Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire and Glasgow. Brady begun his artistic education at the prestigious South Kensington Schools in London, known as the Royal College of Art from 1896 onwards, where he was awarded the Owen Jones Medal. Brady then studied in Paris where he exhibited at the Salon, achieving silver and bronze medals for his work.
Brady returned to Scotland where he taught briefly as an associate master at The Glasgow School of Art from 1900 to 1901. Brady worked almost entirely in watercolours, delighting in painting the rural Scottish landscape and highlands, the busy shipping port of The Clyde and Scarborough harbour and Scottish shipping vessels on the open ocean. With a soft, tonal palette he rendered a naturalistic scenes allowing the play of light to create an atmospheric picture. Celebrated in his lifetime and collected by discerning Scottish collectors of art, his work can be seen in The Sterling Smith Art Gallery & Museum in Scotland as well as in notable private collections.