Henry Alken Figurative Art - “The Race”
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Henry Alken
“The Race”

Circa 1825

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Graphite and watercolor attributed to the well known British artist, Henry Thomas Alken. Circa 1825. Unsigned. Condition: Good. Provenance: Christie’s London, 1993. Matted but presently unframed. Alken was born on 12 October 1785 in Soho, Westminster, and baptised on 6 November at St James's Church, Piccadilly. He was the third son of Samuel Alken, a sporting artist. Two of his brothers were George and Samuel Alken the Younger, also an artist. In 1789, the Alken family moved from Soho to 2, Francis Street East, Bedford Square. Young Henry first studied under his father and then with the miniature painter John Thomas Barber Beaumont (1774–1841), also known as J. T. Barber. In 1801, Alken sent a miniature portrait of Miss Gubbins to the Royal Academy Exhibition. He exhibited a second miniature at the Royal Academy before abandoning miniature painting and taking on painting and illustrating. Early in his career, he painted sporting subjects under the name of "Ben Tally-O". Alken married Maria Gordon on 14 October 1809 at St Clement’s Church, Ipswich. On 22 August of the following year later the couple's first son was baptised. Alken went on to father five children, of whom two were artists, Samuel Henry, also a sporting artist, known as Henry Alken junior, and Sefferien junior. From about 1816 onwards Alken produced an unending stream of paintings, drawings and engravings of every type of field and other sporting activity.

Details

  • Artist
    Henry Alken (1785 - 1851, English)
  • Creation Year
    Circa 1825
  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 8.75 in. x W 11 in. x D .25 in.H 22.23 cm x W 27.94 cm x D 6.35 mm
  • Gallery Location
    Southampton, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU1414107832
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