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The Start of the Doncaster St. Leger, 1847, by Henry Thomas Alken (1785-1851).

Oil on canvas, 38.1cm by 52.7cm.
Signed l.r.: H. Alken and inscribed: ‘Doncaster St. Leger 1847 The Start,’ also inscribed and dated 1847 on the reverse.

Henry Thomas Alken was the son of a sporting artist, with whom he initially trained.

He later studied with the miniature painter J.T.Barber (1774-1841) and early in his career was a miniaturist.

However, he eventually turned to painting sporting and coaching subjects, working in both oil and water colour.

He was also an extremely skilled etcher and caricaturist.

His son, Henry Alken Jnr. (1810-1894), also became a fine sporting artist.


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