Henry Alken's classic portfolio, Sporting Sketches, a collection of hand-colored lithographs, was issued in 6 parts dated Feb. 1, 1817-Feb. 2, 1818. In addition to the 36 projected prints, The Library's copy contains an additional 28 images from other Alken series.
Content: Arents copy: 6 pts. (61 art prints, dated Feb. 1, 1817-July 1,-1819), each pt. in dark buff paper covers numbered in ms. 1, ,3-4, 8 [corrected to 5], 6; advertisement on p. 2 of covers has date 1818. Other advertisements vary. Covers repaired. The 6 plates in Schwerdt's pt. 1 are here in pts. 1-3; those in Schwerdt's pt. 2-6 are here in pts. 1-5 respectively.
Citation/reference: Schwerdt, C.F.G.R. Hunting, I, 25-26.
Biographical/historical: Henry Alken (1785-1851) was the best-known English sporting artist of his day. Noted for his graphic precision as a painter and printmaker, Alken was one member of an extended family of sporting artists; his father and his son, both named Samuel, also specialized in sporting subjects. Alken worked for sporting periodicals as an illustrator and provided plates for the volume National Sports of Great Britain (London, 1821), where he pictured hunting, coaching, racing and other animal subjects.
Extent: 6 pts. (art prints) : lithograph, hand-col. ; 28 x 44 cm. ; [61 pl.]