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Henry Thomas Alken, 1785–1851
Hunting Scene: The Meet [2001, The Paul Mellon Bequest: Treasures of a Lifetime, exhibition catalogue]
Former Title(s):
The Belvoir Hunt: The meet [1978, Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings, catalogue]
ca. 1840
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 1/4 inches (45.7 x 61.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animals | carriage | costume | cottage | dogs (animals) | fence | horses (animals) | hunters | hunting | inn | pub | rural | spectators | sporting art | windmill
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Alken was a prolific draughtsman, engraver, and painter of sporting subjects whose work often took serial form. Some of his prints were published under the pseudonym "Ben Tally-Ho!" He rode to hounds himself, and spent much time in the English mecca of foxhunting, Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. In all likelihood the present series shows episodes from a hunt in that part of the country.

Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 66

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]

Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd., Annual exhibition of sporting paintings : an exhibition of fine XVIIIth and XIXth century sporting paintings : 18th November -16th December 1964, Illustrated catalogues price five shillings in aid of the injured national hunt jockey's fund , London, 1964, lot 5, DealerCat Arthur Ackermann [ORBIS]

Robert Colls, This sporting life : sport and liberty in England, 1760-1960, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 2020, pp. 55, 368, GV706.35 .C65 2020 (LC) YCBA [ORBIS]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, p. 253, no. 275, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 66, fig. a, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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