This is a set of four English sporting prints by Henry Thomas Alken (1785-1851). The prints seem to have a related theme called IDEA. The first print is titled, "Ideas". It is signed H. T. Alken Delt in the lower left bottom corner. The bottom of the print reads: I positively have no IDEA what I am to do in this case __ have you my good fellow? Beneath that is: London, Published by Thomas McLean 26 Haymarket, August 1, 1830. The print shows a man dressed in top hat and hunting gear and his poor beautiful white horse has his foreleg stuck in a trap. His dog is running around near the horse and two men are climbing over a fence. There is foxing and discoloration on the print. There is also a crack in the glass on the lower right side. The crack does not go all the way through the glass.
The second print is titled, "The remains of a Stanhope." It is signed H. T. Alken Delt in the lower left bottom corner. The bottom of the print reads: I say my clever feller, have you an IDEA you can make this thing capable of progression? Beneath that is: London, Published by Thomas McLean 26 Haymarket, 1827. The scene shows a couple of London dandies speaking to some tradesmen about the repair of their very broken cart. There is light foxing and discoloration due to age.
The third print is titled, "Going in First Rate Style". It is signed H. T. Alken Delt in the lower left bottom corner. The bottom of the print reads: I have an IDEA it's ten to one but we are down now ____ but I'll take nine to three that horses all go over. Beneath that is: London, Published by Thomas McLean 26 Haymarket, 1827. The scene shows four men in a carriage racing down a hill with a team of four horses that are jumping over a fence gate. On the ground there is a sign that has been knocked over that reads: A thoroughfare, whosoever breaks down these fences shall be severely punished. There is light foxing and discoloration due to age. The wood backing on this print is damaged and half the board is missing.
The fourth print is titled, IDEAS. Getting home after getting into everything but hot water. It is signed H. T. Alken Delt . The bottom of the print reads: You can have no IDEA what a magnificent day I have had, at least a dozen falls and twice in the brook: Oh it was a most magnificent day. Be kind enough to lend me a hat. Beneath that is: London, Published by Thomas McLean 26 Haymarket, May 1, 1830. The scene shows a man on a beautiful horse talking to two men. The man on the horse looks really ragged and his two dogs look tired out. There is foxing and discoloration due to age. There is a chip of wood missing on the lower right bottom of the frame.
Each print is in an old black frame and has wood backing. The prints should be re-matted and backed with acid free material to stop any further deterioration of the prints.
Each print measures approximately 9" by 6 ¼". The paper each print is on measures approximately 14" by 10". The frames measure approximately 16 ¼" by 12 ½".
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