Henry Alken was born in 1785 in Denmark and was the son and pupil of Samuel Alken Sr. He became a prolific painter of sporting works, including hunting, coaching, racing and steeplechasing scenes. He also painted many sporting scenes featuring dogs. Henry Alken worked in both oil and watercolour, and also made a living as an etcher. He wrote the book National Sports of Great Britain and his work was frequently copied by his son, Henry Jr.
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