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Alken, Henry Thomas, 1784–1851

Grand Leicestershire steeple chase, on the 12th of March, 1829.

London : Published Jany. 1st 1830, by R. Ackermann, Junr., Sporting Gallery, 191 Regent Street, [1830]
Physical Description:
8 prints : aquatint engraving ; 41 x 52 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2011 32
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Caption title.
Snelgrove calls for a publisher's printed wrapper: "The / Grand / Steeple Chase / over Leicestershire ..." No wrapper is present in the British Art Center copy.
Aquatint engravings by Charles Bentley, after Henry Thomas Alken.
The second edition (Ackermann, 1830) included a leaf of letterpress with a description of the chase, by Nimrod.
"Most respectfully dedicated to Captain Ross, and the Gentlemen in the Quorn Hunt, by their obligated and humble servant R. Ackermann, Junr. 191 Regent Street."
Snelgrove, D. British sporting and animals prints, p. 26
BAC: British Art Center copy lacks publisher's printed wrapper. Provenance: Duke of Gloucester.
Subject Terms:
Ackermann, Rudolph, publisher.
Gloucester, Duke of -- Provenance.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Horse racing -- Pictorial works.
Horses -- Pictorial works.
Leicestershire (England) -- Social life and customs.
Quorn Hunt, England.
Steeplechasing -- Pictorial works.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1830.
Bentley, Charles, 1806-1854, engraver.
Ackermann, Rudolph, 1764-1834, publisher.

  • 1. The start
  • 2. Going the pace, Captain Ross leading. Mr. Field Nicholson taking a line of his own
  • 3. Symptoms of distress. The cocktail floored
  • 4. The field becomes select. The captain still leading
  • 5. A rich scene, and such as no other country can exhibit. "What kiss is the pace" said the late Lord Forester, and no man put it oftener to the test
  • 6. Dick Christian's last fall, commonly called "A header." "Tis nothing when you are used to it."
  • 7. The climax of disaster
  • 8. The winning post at Billesden Coplow. The covert is celebrated for having produced the stoutest foxes in the Quorn Hunt.

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