The Berger Collection

Samuel Henry Alken (1810-1894)

Samuel Henry Alken came from a family of sporting painters. His father, Henry Thomas Alken, was one of the best-known sporting artists in Victorian England. Little is known of Samuel's life, however, apart from the fact that he died a poor man in a workhouse in the east end of London. During his career, he specialized in painting coaching, hunting, and racing scenes. He is also sometimes referred to as Henry Alken, Jr., and Henry Gordon Alken.