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Alken, Henry Thomas, 1784–1851

A collection of interesting subjects of marine views, military parade, hunting, coursing, racing &c. &c. / by Thomas McLane, 26 Haymarket.

Additional Title(s):

Military duties, occurrences &c. &c.

[London : Thomas McLane, ca. 1828?]
Physical Description:
[56] leaves of plates : chiefly ill. ; 28 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
U41 .A45 1828+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Consists of 56 etched plates by Henry Thomas Alken, all inlaid within a panel with an elaborately engraved border surrounding the print. Plates 1-40 have titles in pen and ink; plates 41 to 56 are untitled, with space previously occupied by the panel for a title included in the engraved surface of the larger illustrations.
Title is in manuscript, in pen and ink.
Abbey notes a copy with a variant title, in manuscript: Military duties, occurrences &c. &c. / by Henry Alken ; collected and published by Thomas McLane.
Abbey suggests date of publication is probably before 1820. The spelling of the publisher's name as McLane and not McLean places it before 1830, and the few plates that portray actual historical incidents all illustrate the Russian campaign against Napoleon. By 1830, the work of Alken was devoted to sporting subjects only. Index to British military costume prints suggests a publication date ca. 1828.
Index to British military costume prints, 1500-1914, 41
Abbey, J.R. Life in England in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 349
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bound in contemporary gilt-tooled red morocco, with gilt edges. Inscribed: Frederick George White from his affectionate aunt Susanna Pitt, July 29 /68.
Subject Terms:
Etching, Colored -- Specimens -- 1828.
M'Lean, T. -- Publisher
Military art and science -- Pictorial works.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Russia -- Pictorial works.
Naval art and science -- Pictorial works.
Pitt, Susanna -- Pres. insc. to Frederick George White July 29 /68.
White, Frederick George -- Pres. insc from his affectionate aunt Susanna Pitt July 29 /68.

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