Samuel Henry Alken

1810 - 1894

English Sporting & Equestrian Painter

Samuel Henry Alken Biography

Samuel Henry Gordon Alken, also known as Henry Alken Jnr, was born in Ipswich, the eldest son of the leading sporting painter Henry Thomas Alken Snr (1785-1851) and his wife Maria Gordon. He spent most of his career in London. Samuel was a painter of racing, foxhunting and coaching scenes in oil and watercolour. Although he was considerably influenced by the work of his father, his pictures are generally more colourful and detailed in handling. Several prints were published after his work, including The last steeplechase held at the Hippodrome Racecourse, Kensington. He painted many of the horses in George Sala?s 60ft long panorama of the funeral procession of the Duke of Wellington in 1852. Samuel Henry Alken was living in Shadwell in 1881; he died in the Poplar workhouse in 1894.