• Jumping a Fence -
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    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    24.2 by 34.3cm., 9 1/2  by 13 1/2 inches

  • At the Start; Jumping the Brook; Crossing the Ditch; The Finish -
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    One of four, watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour, one watermarked: JWHATMAN/1843

    each approx. 27.2 by 37.7cm., 10 3/4 by 14 3/4 inches

     

    Henry Thomas Alken was the best known from a family of artists, most of whom specialised in hunting or racing subjects. Mallalieu describes how one of his trademarks was `to show his characters taking their fences with the right arm raised above the head, flourishing the whip? (see Huon Mallalieu, Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920, 2002, vol. I, p.56)

  • A Greyhound -
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    Watercolour over pencil

    28.6 by 38.4 cm., 11 ? by 15 inches

     

    Provenance:

    With Andrew Wyld, 2005

    Private collection, UK, until 2011

     

    Alken used this on-the-spot sketch in his 1824 oil `Greyhounds with a dead hare? which was sold at Sotheby?s on 20th November 1981, lot 12.

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