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 in his early 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.