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Henry Thomas Alken, 1785–1851

Scenes from a steeplechase: Near the Finish

Former Title(s):

A Steeplechase: Another Hedge

ca. 1845
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
10 x 14 inches (25.4 x 35.6 cm)

Signed in black paint, lower left: "H. Alken"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animals | crowd | equestrians | hedge | horse racing | horse racing | horse riding | horses (animals) | horses (animals) | hurdle | jockeys | landscape | men | people | race (event) | racetrack | spectators | sporting art | top hats
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Henry Thomas Alken came from a family of artists and made his name as a sporting art specialist, calling himself “Ben Tally-Ho.” His work was reproduced in prints and circulated widely, establishing a distinctive style that was popular across Europe and existed independently of the aesthetic canons of the Royal Academy. This is one of a set of four paintings showing different moments within a steeplechase.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Thrill of the 'Chace: Steeplechasing in Art (National Sporting Library and Museum, 2020-09-09 - 2021-03-22) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-02-17 - 2001-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 254-55, no. 278, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

English sporting paintings, Autumn exhibition 1960 ... Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd. ... November 1st-December 3rd. , Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., London, 1960, p. 4, no. 7-10, DealerCat Partridge Fine Arts, Ltd. (YCBA) [YCBA]

Thrill of the 'chace : steeplechase in art, National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg : VA, p. 23-24, SF359 .P44 2020 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 93, fig. c, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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