This nineteeth-century album, presumed to have belonged to the Countess of Beauchamp, contains six Henry Alken watercolour and pencil drawings: 'Tally ho', 'Full cry', 'A rider with a hound', 'A huntsman and a hound', 'A rider on a bay', and 'A
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Henry Alken
6 hunting drawings - 19th century watercolours of horses and dogs by Henry Alken

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This nineteeth-century album, presumed to have belonged to the Countess of Beauchamp, contains six Henry Alken watercolour and pencil drawings: 'Tally ho', 'Full cry', 'A rider with a hound', 'A huntsman and a hound', 'A rider on a bay', and 'A rider dismounted from his horse'. Each drawing is approximately 8.07 x 10.43 in (20.5 x 26.5 cm), on paper with a stamp: Ackerman Regent Street 191. The album is dark red straight grain morocco leather. Its spine is decorated with gilt tooling and the upper board titled in gilt lettering 'Countess of Beauchamp', with a gilt double border and Joel Spitz's bookplate. The album has a distinguished provenance, having been part of the important Spitz collection of sporting art. Given its title, the album is presumed to have belonged to the Countess of Beauchamp. Latterly sold at Christie’s, Manson & Woods, 16 April 1926, lot 55; Christie’s, London, 3 January 1939; The Maxine and Joel Spitz Collection, Trail-Tree, Glencoe, no. 40. Henry Thomas Alken (1785-1851) was a member of the Alken dynasty of sporting artists who popularised depictions of nineteenth century hunting life. He drew his sporting scenes with a lively and meticulous style, illustrating actual events with a sense of excitement and speed. One of the characteristics of his work is the raised arm of a rider, their whip held aloft. Examples of his work can be found in many museums, including the British Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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  • Condition
    Fair
  • Condition Details
    The album is in good condition with occasional spotting and glue marks at the edge of the sheets. The photographs give an accurate representation of the individual sheets.
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 8.07 in. x W 10.43 in.H 20.5 cm x W 26.5 cm
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU104034991161
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