ALKEN, Henry Thomas (1785-1851)
Bank Shooting for Fowl
London: Printed for Thomas M'Lean, Haymarket by Howlett and Brimmer, 10 Frith Street, 1825. Coloured aquatint. Printed with publishers details and dated 1824. In excellent condition. Framed in attractive wood and gold frame with cream wash-line mat. Image size: 5 x 8 1/4 inches. Plate mark: 5 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Framed size: 13 7/8 x 15 3/8 inches.
A pretty aquatint depicting two hunters shooting fowl, from Henry Alken's celebrated book "The National Sports of Great Britain".
This charming print by Henry Alken comes from a book entitled "The National Sports of Great Britain". The book is comprised of fifty coloured aquatints of sporting scenes with an accompanying text. Published in 1824 by Thomas McLean, the images vary in subject from Bull baiting to Otter hunting. This charming print is seventh in a series of shooting prints.
Henry Thomas Alken was born into what became an artistic dynasty. He studied under the miniature painter J.T. Barber and exhibited his first picture (a miniature portrait) at the Royal Academy when he was sixteen. From about 1816 onwards he "produced an unending stream of paintings, drawings and engravings of every type of field and other sporting activity. He is best remembered for his hunting prints, many of which he engraved himself until the late 1830s.... To many, sporting art is 'Alken', and to describe his work or ability is quite unnecessary."
Charles Lane British Racing Prints 75-76; Tooley, English Books with Coloured Plates no. 43; Siltzer, T he Story of British Sporting Prints.