Henry Alken Fox Hunting Set
Original hand coloured litographs drawn and and executed by Henry Thomas Alken (1785-1851) :
Plate 1 Going to Clover—A neat Clover Hack - one that can go straight
Plate 2 Flying a Difficulty—A sweep at the new enclosure
Plate 3 Going Down a Difficulty-Getting over a high Wattle fence– ditch on both sides
Plate 4 Going Over a Difficulty - Sweeping a Brook
Plate 5 Going Through a Difficulty—Charging a Park Fence
Plate 6 Hop-ing a Difficulty—Bucking a flight of Ox rails
John Thallon (1848 – 1918): Master Carver and Gilder from Scotland moved to Australia in 1876.
He established his business in 1878 at 24 Market Lane (off Bourke Street), Melbourne.
From the 1880s until well into the twentieth century, the long-lived firm of Thallon's was the undisputed market-leader,
patronized by many of the artists of Heidelberg School. “Thallon framed Shearing the Rams, among others paintings by Tom Roberts...
paintings are often valued without their frames, except if the frame is of historical value”. John Payne Senior Conservator of NGV, Melbourne.
Antiquarian Print Gallery(1989- ) : The Original hand coloured lithographs both designed and executed by Henry Alken, are a set of six that have been
has fitted museum presentation materials and Conservation glass to protect the original hand coloured aquatints while maintaining provenance through
Size Original maple Birdseye Frame Presentation 57cm x 44cm each. Two of the frames are a slightly different profile but seem all look to have been framed at the same time.
Veneers have usual time-worn splintering of veneer at the mitres but are in good original condition.
Condition of Original hand coloured lithographs as framed by John Thallon in Melbourne: in 1883 wood pulp had become the default paper source as a
consequence of the dominance of the Steamers taking over from the wind powered tallship ( given the linen/hemp sails and ropes were a primary resource
of the paper industry). Thallon's workshop had access to this new material called "cardboard" and utilized it to secure the Alken prints.
Given the presentations have been stored for many decades they have not surcumbed to the acid produced by aging lignin prevelant in wood pulp,
as we now are aware.
By applying the conservation quality materials this original condition can be preserved and protected, which the Gallery has done using TruVue UV blocking glass and
Cotton Museum solid core presentation materials.
Set of six = AUD$2,100
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