Born in London in 1785, Alken took after his father in painting British sporting scenes, such as hunting, coaching, and steeple-chasing. He is best known today for series of sporting prints, The Midnight Steeplechase or The First Steeplechase on Record, which was published by Ackermann. Henry Alken worked in both oil and watercolour, and also made a living as an etcher. He wrote and illustrated the book National Sports of Great Britain.
He worked right up to his death in 1851.
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