Samuel Alken

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Samuel Alken Sr. (London October 22, 1756 – November 9, 1815 London) was an English artist.[1]


Samuel Alken entered the Royal Academy Schools, London, as a sculptor in 1772. In 1779, he published A New Book of Ornaments Designed and Etched by Samuel Alken, afterwards establishing himself as one of the most competent engravers in the new technique of aquatint.


The Alken family claims several well-known artists.[2]

There are some sporting paintings signed S. Alken, but they may be the work of his eldest son, Samuel.

See also[edit]


  • S. T. Prideaux: Aquatint Engraving (London, 1909, rev. 1968)
  • M. D. George: A Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires, London, B.M. cat., vii (London, 1942)


  1. ^ The Grove Dictionary of Art David Alexander on Samuel Alken at
  2. ^ The Grove Dictionary of Art on Alken at