SAMUEL HENRY ALKEN, KNOWN AS HENRY ALKEN JNR. | Rounding Tattenham Corner; and Sir J. Hawley's Beadsman beating Lord Derby's Toxophilite, The Derby, 1858
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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SAMUEL HENRY ALKEN, KNOWN AS HENRY ALKEN JNR.
Ipswich 1810 – 1894 Poplar, London
Rounding Tattenham Corner; and Sir J. Hawley's Beadsman beating Lord Derby's Toxophilite, The Derby, 1858
both signed lower right: H. Alken
a pair, both oil on canvas
each: 51.7 x 76.1 cm.; 20⅜ x 30 in.
With Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd., London.
Beadsman was bred by his owner, Sir Joseph Hawley, and trained by George Manning in Hampshire. His brief yet successful racing career lasted from July 1857 to June 1858, during which time he ran seven times and won five races. The three-year-old's success at the 1858 Epsom Derby, depicted here, was his most important victory, when he pipped the Prime Minister, Lord Derby's Toxophilite to the post. He was retired to stud at the end of the season in 1858 and went on to sire another Derby winner, Blue Gown, and the St Leger winner, Pero Gomez.
Henry Alken Senior's son, Samuel, executed several paintings of The Derby being run. Another pair, recording the 1872 meeting, was sold in these rooms, 17 July 1974, lot 163, and a painting of the finish of 1867 was also sold at Sotheby's, 14 November 1993, lot 127. The designs for The Winning Post and Rounding Tattenham Corner were engraved by W. Summers.