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Henry Alken

Henry Alken (1785-1851) was an English painter and engraver chiefly known as a caricaturist and illustrator of sporting subjects and coaching scenes. He is now widely regarded as the finest artist in that field and his works are avidly collected.

Alken’s work was commissioned by the leading colour-plate publishers of the day such as Ackermann, Mclean, and Fuller. Amongst his finest works are: The National Sports of Great Britain (1821); Humorous Specimens of Riding, (1821); and Life of a Sportsman (1842).

 

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  1. Folio (48.5 x 31.5 cm), engraved additional title dated 1821, coloured by hand, 50 hand-coloured engraved plates, text in English and French; nineteenth century green polished half calf gilt, red morocco label, presented in original cloth backed slipcase, a fine clean copy.

    £12,500
  2. Coloured aquatint showing fashionably dresed men riding hobby horses at a riding school at 337 Strand, London.

    £650
  3. Folio (47 x 30 cm), engraved additional title, coloured by hand, 50 hand-coloured engraved plates; contemporary straight-grained maroon morocco gilt, covers with concentric borders tooled with borders in gilt and blind, spine elaborately gilt in 6 compartments.

    £15,000
  4. First edition. 4to (29 x 20.5 cm), 50 hand-coloured plates captioned within the plate. Uncut in original red boards; rebacked, original paper label to upper cover.

    £1,250
  5. First edition, first issue, 8vo, viii, 402pp., ten pages of ads at end, hand-coloured aquatint additional title, frontispiece and 34 plates, all by Alken, four of these plates on india and mounted on leaves with printed captions, original blue cloth, the spine and upper side stamped in gilt, the sides with scrolling border stamped in blind, edges gilt, yellow coated endpapers, rebacked preserving original worn spine, rubbed, pull-off morocco box, a very good clean copy.

    £1,500
  6. 8vo, xii, 234pp., additional engraved title and 18 hand-coloured plates after Alken and Rawlins, contemporary red morocco gilt by McDonald, spine in six compartments, gilt lettered direct in second and fourth, others with sporting motifs, raised bands, top edge gilt, a handsome copy.

    £400
 

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