Henry Thomas ALKEN (1785 – 1851)
Henry Thomas ALKEN
(English, born London 1785 – died London 1851)
A set of six hunting escapades:
“The Meet”; “Filling the foxholes”; “The scent crossing the brook”; “Full Cry”; “The kill”; and “The Supper”
All signed and dated lower left: ‘H.Alken 1823’
Pen and ink and watercolour over pencil, all 30 x 41 cm. (6x)
Henry Thomas Alken was one of the best known English painters and etchers of hunting and sport scenes in the early 19th century. He worked in both oil and watercolour and was a skilled etcher, chiefly known as a caricaturist and illustrator of sporting subjects and coaching scenes. His most prolific period of painting and drawing occurred between 1816 and 1831.
Alken provided the plates picturing hunting, coaching, racing and steeplechasing for The National Sports of Great Britain. Alken is best remembered for his hunting prints, many of which he engraved himself until the late 1830s.
In many of his works, Alken explored the comic side of riding and satirized the foibles of aristocrats, much in the tradition of other early 19th century. A collection of his illustrations can be seen in the print department of the British Museum.
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