Henry Alken How to Qualify for a Meltonian 1819
Henry Alken’s "How to Qualify for a Meltonian" Set of Six Antique Prints c1819 All mounted and Arthur Ackermann framed. From How to Qualify for a Meltonian: addressed to All would-be Meltonians by Ben Tally Ho, Authir of "Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders"; "Sporting Discoveries, or, the Miseries of Hunting"; etc etc. London: Published by S. and J. Fuller, at the Temple of Fancy, Rathbone Place: And may be had of all Booksellers in the United Kingdom. 1819.
1) How to Go to Cover 2) How to appear at Cover 3) How to ride downhill 4) How to take your leap 5) How to go thro' an Overflow 6) How to take the lead. Each plate numbered and bearing imprint, London Pub. Jul 16, 1819 by S. & J. Fuller at their Sporting Gallery 34 Rathbone Place.
Mounted behind glass. Size of engraved plates 12.5" x 8.75" (320mm x 225mm) Each individual Framed Print external dimensions are approx: 17.5' x 20.5" (440cm x 520cm) All in good condition, some overall age tone and light discolouration to mount boarders. Arthur Ackermann frames have some age wear and tear but generally good. Original back stamps still in place on verso of frames: Established 1783, Arthur Ackermann & Son, Ltd. Dealers in Works of Art. 3, Old Bond Street, London, W.1.
“The style of your Meltonian Fox-hunter,” wrote the hunting writer Nimrod in the 1830s, “has long distinguished him above his brethren of what he calls the provincial chase. When turned out at the hands of his valet, he presents the very beau-ideal of his caste. The exact Stultze-like fit of his coat – his superlatively well-cleaned leather breeches and boots and the generally apparent high breeding of the man can seldom be matched elsewhere.”
Henry Thomas Alken (12 October 1785 – 7 April 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. Alken provided the plates picturing hunting, coaching, racing and steeplechasing for The National Sports of Great Britain (London, 1821). Alken, known as an avid sportsman,is best remembered for his hunting prints, many of which he engraved himself until the late 1830s. In many of his etchings, Alken explored the comic side of riding and satirized the foibles of aristocrats, much in the tradition of other early 19th century caricaturists such as Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray.
A Set of Genuine Antique Prints over 200 years old from Rare Maps and Prints