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Alken's - National Sports -1903- RUNNING INTO A STAG

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This 108 year old lithograph print is from the book "THE NATIONAL SPORTS OF GREAT BRITAIN" by Henry Alken and was published by Methune & Co. in 1903. 

Henry Thomas Alken (1785 – 1851) was an English painter and engraver chiefly known as a caricaturist and illustrator of sporting subjects and coaching scenes.His most prolific period of painting and drawing occurred between 1816 and 1831.  He was the third son of Samuel Alken, a sporting artist. Two of his brothers were George, Samuel Jr (also an artist) and Sefferien John.

From about 1816 onwards Alken "produced an unending stream of paintings, drawings and engravings of every type of field and other sporting activity," and his soft-ground etchings were often colored by hand. When Alken was 26, he and his young family lived over a shop in Haymarket that belonged to print publisher Thomas McLean of the "Repository of Wit and Humour."

Alken worked in both oil and watercolor and was a skilled etcher. In 1816 he issued The Beauties & Defects in the Figure of the Horse comparatively delineated under his own name. From this date until about 1831, he produced many sets of etchings of sporting subjects mostly coloured and sometimes humorous in character.,

Alken provided the plates picturing hunting, coaching, racing and steeplechasing for The National Sports of Great Britain (London, 1821).

Lithography uses simple chemical processes to create an image. For instance, the positive part of an image is a hydrophobic, or "water hating" substance, while the negative image would be hydrophilic or "water loving". Thus, when the plate is introduced to a compatible printing ink and water mixture, the ink will adhere to the positive image and the water will clean the negative image. This allows a flat print plate to be used, enabling much longer and more detailed print runs than the older physical methods of printing (e.g., intaglio printing, Letterpress printing).

This fine litho print has an image that is about  5" X 3" on a leaf or page of 6 3/4" x 4 1/4".  It is in very good condtion with some minor age toning.  It is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift.

The print that is being offered is of "RUNNING INTO A STAG"

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