The Death

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
    This print is part of a lively series showing hunters wearing their scarlet coats with top hats and yellow gloves. The set of four hand-coloured hunting engravings was produced after original designs by Henry Alken. The engraver Thomas Sutherland produced numerous similar aquatint prints, several of which were also made after works by Alken, including a similar series of four hunting prints published just before this series in 1820–21. 
  • 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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    The Death
    1 August 1821
    Coloured aquatint
    Purchased from F B Daniell, November 1951
    GAC number