A keen huntsman, Henry Alken painted what he loved best: hunting and coaching scenes. The most famous of the Alken family of painters, Henry was born in London in 1785. When viewing his paintings, it is easy to see how they reflect his true knowledge of hunting. Whether during the hunt or after a much-deserved victory, Alken brings the excitement and vigor of this age-old sport to life on canvas. He was a prolific artist who was quite well known in his day, and worked up until the end of his life in 1851.