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John Clark
Henry Thomas Alken (1785 - 1851)

Coloured aquatint

1 January 1820
  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: England
    Place: Leeds, Ministry of Justice
  • About the artist
    Henry Thomas Alken was born in Soho, London; the son of artist and printmaker Samuel Alken. His brothers Sefferein and Samuel became sporting artists, while George was a designer and lithographer. Alken studied under his father, followed by miniaturist John Thomas Barber Beaumont. In 1809 he married Maria Gordon of Ipswich, Suffolk, and remained in Ipswich for a time. His five children were all born there. In 1813 his first sporting prints were published. He went on to produce numerous designs for sporting printsellers, using the pseudonym Ben Tally Ho for satirical subjects. He was also a prolific printmaker himself and wrote books on engraving. At his death, he was living in relative poverty with his unmarried daughter in Highgate.
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    Materials & Techniques
    aquatint, coloured aquatint
  • Details
    1 January 1820
    Coloured aquatint
    Purchased from Agnew's, March 1973
    GAC number