The Raleigh Furniture Gallery Presents. Pair of Henry Alken Antique Horse Racing Etchings. Let me tell you how awesome the pieces are... I've owned an antique store for going on ten years now so I've seen quite a few incredible items.Right now these are hanging in my personal office at home. This set includes The Winning Post and Tattenham Corner, both matted and framed.
Let me tell you why these pieces are so special... First, they are HUGE 30 x 41 1/2 in. Most engravings are significantly smaller than this. Second, the condition is incredible for their age. There is no foxing, tears, or any other condition issues.
Third, these pieces are hand colored and done so brilliantly; you almost feel that you are there at the track enjoying the race! Henry Thomas Alken (12 October 1785 7 April 1851) was an English painter and engraver 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 worked in both oil and watercolor and was a skilled etcher. His earliest productions were published anonymously under the signature of "Ben Tallyho", but in 1816 he issued The Beauties & Defects in the Figure of the Horse comparatively delineated under his own name.
From this date until about 1831, he produced many sets of etchings of sporting subjects mostly coloured and sometimes humorous in character, the principal of which were: Humorous Specimens of Riding 1821, Symptoms of being amazed 1822, Symptoms of being amused 1822, Flowers from Nature 1823, A Touch at the Fine Arts 1824, and Ideas 1830. Besides these he published a series of books: Illustrations for Landscape Scenery and Scraps from the Sketch Book of Henry Alken in 1823, New Sketch Book in 1824, Sporting Scrap Book and Shakespeare's Seven Ages in 1827, Sporting Sketches and in 1831 Illustrations to Popular Songs and Illustrations of Don Quixote, the latter engraved by John Christian Zeitter. Alken provided the plates picturing hunting, coaching, racing and steeplechasing for The National Sports of Great Britain (London, 1821). Alken, known as an avid sportsman, is best remembered for his hunting prints, many of which he engraved himself until the late 1830s.Charles Lane British Racing Prints pp. He created prints for the leading sporting printsellers such as S. Fuller, Thomas McLean, and Rudolph Ackermann, and often collaborated with his friend the sporting journalist Charles James Apperley (17791843), also known as Nimrod. Nimrod's Life of a Sportsman, with 32 etchings by Alken, was published by Ackermann in 1842. In many of his etchings, Alken explored the comic side of riding and satirized the foibles of aristocrats, much in the tradition of other early 19th century omthe oldest of the great foxhound packs in Leicestershire. A collection of his illustrations can be seen in the print department of the British Museum. 30 x 41 1/2 in.
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