Henry Thomas Alken
The Belvoir Hunt: Jumping into and out of a Lane c.1830–40

Artwork details

Henry Thomas Alken 1785–1851
The Belvoir Hunt: Jumping into and out of a Lane
Date c.1830–40
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 451 x 648 mm
Acquisition Presented by Paul Mellon through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Not on display

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This is the second of four scenes by Alken of the Belvoir [pronounced Beaver] hunt, one of the oldest and most celebrated of the great foxhound packs located in the flat, open countryside in and around Leicestershire. The Belvoir, like the Quorn, Pytchley or Cottesmore hunts, was open to members through subscription. To hunt with such a pack was an enormously popular activity with fashionable society during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Henry Alken is the best known of a large family of sporting artists. His lively and humorous hunting scenes were frequently reproduced as popular prints, published for some years under the pseudonym 'Ben Tally-Ho'.

August 2004

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