SAMUEL ALKEN "A PROMISING FIELD" 1852
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- "Painted by H. ALKEN"
- "Engraved by GEORGE HUNT"
- "A PROMISING FIELD. MEET OF THE ESSEX FOX HOUNDS"
- "LONDON. PUBLISHED 1852 , BY J. MOORE, AT HIS PICTURE FRAME MANUFACTORY, NO 1, WEST ST. UPPER ST. MARTINS LANE"
- Image size: 25 inches x 16.5 inches, 63 cm x 42 cm
- Paper size: 33.25 inches x 25.25 inches, 84 cm x 64 cm
- Margin size: 4.5 inches, 11.5 cm
- Photogravure, hand coloured, plate marks visible on all four sides
- Condition: Excellent. Slight nicks in the print in three places (barely noticeable), minimal foxing throughout (barely noticeable)
- High resolution images are available upon request
The Artist: Samuel Henry Gordon Alken (1810-1894), also known as Henry Alken Jr, was born in Ipswich, the eldest son of the leading sporting painter Henry Thomas Alken Sr. He spent most of his career in London as a painter of racing, fox hunting and coaching scenes in oil and watercolour. Several prints were published after his work. Prints of his work are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and prints have been sold at auction at Christie's and by private dealers.
The Story: This photogravure is supported by a dark green linen mat. Hand painting is truly evident in all the yellow accents on the horses, hunters and carriages. It is also noticeable in the black harnesses of the horses. A beautiful print showing the sport of fox hunting in Britain in the 19th century. It was last framed in Germany (as shown by a label on the backing) and now finds itself here at Wall Fiction.
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Item No. KA2015004012
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