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COCK FIGHT, 1840. Lithograph after a drawing by Henry Thomas Alken, 1840

COCK FIGHT, 1840. Lithograph after a drawing by Henry Thomas Alken, 1840


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COCK FIGHT, 1840. Lithograph after a drawing by Henry Thomas Alken, 1840

COCK FIGHT, 1840.
Lithograph after a drawing by Henry Thomas Alken, 1840

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1840 Cockfight Dead Henry Ring Rooster Sport Alken


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This lithograph, titled "COCK FIGHT, 1840" takes us back to the mid-19th century in England, where the sport of cockfighting was a popular form of entertainment. The talented artist Henry Thomas Alken skillfully captured the intensity and raw energy of this brutal spectacle. In this scene, two majestic roosters engage in a fierce battle within the ring. Their feathers are ruffled, their beaks sharp and ready for combat. The atmosphere is charged with anticipation as spectators watch on with bated breath. Alken's attention to detail is remarkable; every feather and muscle seems to come alive on paper. Through his masterful strokes, he conveys not only the physicality of the fight but also its emotional impact. We can almost hear the deafening cheers from enthusiastic gamblers and feel their adrenaline rush. However, amidst all this excitement lies an underlying sense of tragedy. One unfortunate rooster lies lifeless on the ground—a testament to both victory and defeat that characterizes such events. This somber element reminds us of the dark side of human nature that revels in bloodshed for amusement. As we gaze upon this lithograph by Henry Thomas Alken, we are transported back in time to witness a controversial pastime that reflects society's complex relationship with violence and entertainment. It serves as a poignant reminder that history often holds uncomfortable truths worth exploring through art.

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