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A bit about Henry Alken:


Sporting artist, engraver and illustrator.

Born in London in 1784 into a family which became celebrated for its sporting artists and engravers. He is said to have worked as a trainer for the Duke of Beaufort, before studying under T. Barker Beaumont, the miniaturist, and he exhibited miniatures at the RA in 1801-02.

He moved to Melton Mowbray in 1810 to train horses and eke out a livelihood in decorating trays with hunting scenes. His success really began when he issued prints under the name of "Ben Tally Ho" in 1813 and was at his most prolific in the 1820s and 1830s. His work was less interesting after that date and he died in poverty on April 8, 1851. His son H.G. Alken copied his father's work extensively.

Alken illustrations and separate prints are lively and very colourful and are closer to the 18th century caricature than to the 18th century sporting print. He enlarged Gillray's idea that the mishaps of hunting could be depicted in the same format as scenes of The chase and his publisher was significantly Thomas M'Lean of 'The Repository of Wit and Humour'.

Shaw Sparrow considers that he was most influential in creating a medium in which Phiz, Leech, and Caldecott could flourish. His Sketchbook, 1823 and Scrapbook, 1824 with pages crammed with nearly related but separated incidents, may have influended strip stories in the Victorian magazines. His drawings are most often seen in soft pencil with colour washes.

(from "The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, 1800-1914" by Simon Houfe)

 


Symptoms of Being Amused
by Henry Alken

Published by Thomas McLean, London
1822-27

Original Hand-colored soft-ground etchings

Sheet Size: 9½ x 13½ inches
Note that the sheet is too large for the scanner, so the outer edges are not shown in the enlargements provided by clicking on the thumbnail images below, but they are present, as issued.

Image Size: varies, but approximately 7¾ x 9½ inches in most cases.

Condition: Mostly Excellent. Some prints may have signs of foxing or other age-related
"flaws." Please have a look at the enlarged photos for the best indication of each print's condition.


Click on the thumbnail images for a larger image. Please note: the entire sheet is too large to scan, so the outer edges are not shown in the enlargements, but are present as issued.

of doubtful Amusement or Craneing

SYMPTOMS
of doubtful Amusement–or Craneing
of anxious Amusement–or sure of a bite
of Public Amusement–or no Taxes
of Dangerous Amusement—or a Stopper
of Private Amusement–or Cruelty

$100

 

of being bang up

of being bang up, etc.


of promising a vote

SYMPTOMS
of promising a Vote
of a bang up drive on a Sunday
of spoiling a Chicken
of breaking a Hunter
of reminding a Member
of a convenient Memory

$90

 

of being up, with down prospects

SYMPTOMS
of up, with a down prospect
of Down, with an up prospect
of learning to Trot
of a hard mouth

$100

 

of being wanted

SYMPTOMS
of being wanted
of Anxiety
of a has been
of Duck catching

$90

 

of catch my horse

SYMPTOMS
of catch my horse
of Bog trotting
of Expression
of Taking a steel draught
of the perpetual Motion (the bottomless pit)

$100

 

of the Manager's Judgment

SYMPTOMS
of the Manager's Judgment
if being on board a Packet
of having enough to live upon
of the Saddle mis-placed

$90

 

of learning to do the thing genteel

SYMPTOMS
of learning to do the thing genteel
of being foiled
of Coming out

$90

 

of can't wait

SYMPTOMS
of Can't wait
of come-to-ther glass
of blood & bone—going against time
of the Reduced list
of out of cash & a little in debt at an Inn
of in cash at an Inn

$90

 

of doing the out side edge

SYMPTOMS
of doing the out side Edge
of doing an inside Edge
of a Stop
of getting over a Fence

$100

 

of doing the out side edge

SYMPTOMS
of how you do you do
of I should not have known you
of my Lud
of easing a Patient
of a loose Rein
of Wohey
of Tight in hand

$90

 

of being drawn, etc

SYMPTOMS
of being drawn
of a fine Song
of trotting
of being in
of being out
of a Recoil

$90

 

of to be sold

SYMPTOMS
of to be sold
of Despair
of who is there
of sold and had him a week

$90

 

of to be sold

SYMPTOMS
of fine Feelings
of what a Jolly
of Terrour
of Fun
of a fight but not in England
of Village Scoundral

$90

 

wild one tamed

SYMPTOMS
of Wild One tamed
of a Wild One
of there's the rub
of an uncertainty

$90

 

wild one tamed

SYMPTOMS
of did not know the House had Stopped Payment
of basting a Joint
of following the Leader

$100

 

notice to quit

SYMPTOMS
of notice to quit
of a Descent
of Discretion
of Honour
of Taking a large dose of Glory

$100

 

spree

SYMPTOMS
of a Spree
of a Smash
of going to quod
of being used to it
of not being used to it

$100

 

home station

SYMPTOMS of a first Voyage
fit for the Home Station
fit for the Foreign Station
of taking in the trouble
of the Five Per Cents
of taking out the trouble

$90

 

going to a Mill

SYMPTOMS
of a few neat ones going to a Mill
of returning from the Spring Hunt

$100

 

coming from hunt

SYMPTOMS
of coming from the Hunt
of Star Gazing
Going to the Hunt
of an Elegant Writer
of Toasting an old Friend

$100

 

great one

SYMPTOMS
of a great one
of a fine one
of a queer one
of a save all
of a view on Brighton Cliffs
of just got over a gate

$90

 

entering quod

SYMPTOMS
of entering Quod
of a Hunting story
of a Gig and Mair
of Won't go
of been in Quod some time

 

being very windy

SYMPTOMS
of being very windy
of being very dry
of being very dry
of being very thick
of being very queer
of being very cold
of being very hot
of being very wet

$100

 

tragedy and comedy

SYMPTOMS
of Tragedy
of Comedy
of the Ornamental
of what do you say
of Can't you hear
of the Old Story

$100

 

Henry Alken etchings and engravings are also available from:
Illustrations to Popular Songs (1823)

Sporting Prints (circa 1830)


 

Humor and Satire prints