A series of etchings headed ‘The Single and Married’; ‘Jack’s Wedding Day’; ‘An Upset – Blowing from the East’; ‘An Upset – Blowing from the West’

Four Exceptionally Rare and Highly Amusing Hand-Colored Etched Plates by Henry Alken

ALKEN, Henry. A Series of Four Plates by Henry Alken [cover title]. London: Thomas McLean, 1826.

Folio (14 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches; 360 x 270 mm.). Four superb hand-coloured etched plates by Henry Alken.

Bound ca. 1940 in quarter green cloth over patterned green boards, front cover with 'shield-shaped' brown morocco label, lettered in gilt. Housed in a green cloth slipcase.

Provenance: purchased 1940. This rare group of plates combines two scenes of working class and two of affluent middle class married life. In the first plate, the husband of an impoverished working-class family tells a bachelor friend that he no longer has time to attend hangings. In "An Upset – Blowing from the West" the husband boasts about his part in a traffic accident, exclaiming to a bleeding coachman and his own distraught wife: "Well my good fellow it is of no use saying anything about it now – but it was a magnificent smash – Julia – was it not?"

The plates:

1. "The Single and Married"
2. "Jack’s Wedding Day"
3. "An Upset – Blowing from the East"
4. "An Upset – Blowing from the West"

Not found in any of the bibliographies - however these four prints are in the Yale University Library. Item #03316

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