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Alken, Henry Thomas, 1784–1851
Specimens of riding near London / drawn from life by Henry Alken.
London : Published by Thomas M'Lean, 26, Haymarket, 1821.
Physical Description:
[3] pt. : all ill. ; 26 x 37 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NC1479.A45 S64 1821+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2011 57 Copy 3
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Cover title.
Description of plates inside front covers.
Two original drawings from the series--"Fancy-View near Gray's Inn Road" and "The pleasure of riding in company"--are now in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art (Department of Prints and Drawings, B2001.1.565-566).
Originally issued in 3 parts, in printed wrappers. Second edition issued in 1823 in boards. Cf. Van Devanter.
"Price half-a-guinea."--Foot of title page.
Tooley, R.V. English books with coloured plates, 1790-1860, 51
Snelgrove, D. British sporting and animal prints, 74
Van Devanter, W. Checklist of books illustrated by Henry Alken, 71
Siltzer, F. Story of British sporting prints (2nd ed), p. 70
BAC: British Art Center has two copies. Copy NC1479.A45 S64 1821+ bound in the original parts, in printed wrappers. Bookplate: Fitz Eugene Dixon. The Folio A 2011 57 Copy 3 is part of a compilation of titles by Henry Alken issued by his publisher T. McLean with the spine title British sportsman's vede mecum. Bound in gilt-tooled brown calf. Plates mounted two-to-a-page.
Subject Terms:
Dixon, Fitz Eugene -- Bookplate.
English wit and humor, Pictorial.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Horsemanship -- Caricatures and cartoons.
M'Lean, T. -- Publisher.
Riding habit -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Soft-ground etchings -- Hand-colored -- 1821.

  • One of the comforts of riding in company
  • Symptoms of things going down hill
  • The pleasure of riding in company. (One would stop if the other could.)
  • Preparing for the Easter Hunt. (I shall be over Jack.)
  • The consequence of having plenty of company on the road
  • A things of the last consequence
  • Perfectly satisfied
  • Dissatisfied
  • Delighted
  • Displeas'd
  • Surpris'd
  • Terrified
  • Taste. View near Knightsbridge
  • Lords. View in Hyde Park
  • Yeomanry of England paying a visit
  • Fancy. View near Grays Inn Road
  • Folly. View near Acton
  • Knights. View in the City Road.

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