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Samuel Howitt (1756-1822)

The son of a Nottinghamshire family of squires, Howitt became a professional artist specialising in Sporting subjects. Mainly self-taught, he was distinguished both as a painter and etcher of animal scenes and hunts. Howitt lived and worked in London and was married to the sister of Thomas Rowlandson, the great English satirical artist. The two artists, in fact, collaborated on some watercolours and aquatint etchings.

His first exhibition was in 1783 at the Incorporated Society of Artists, where he continued to exhibit. Samuel Howitt drew for several Published works, such as Etchings of Animals (1803), Oriental Field Sports (1805 and later), Fables of Aesop (1809 and later) and notably for the British Sportsman. It is the latter which contains many of his finest Hunting and Sporting drawings. There are some 72 fine copperplate engravings published between 1779-1800 and in later editions up to 1812. Howitt's most important original prints may also be found in Shooting and Coursing (1971), Fox Hunting (1974). Some of his most charming original etchings, however, belong to the set entitled, Groups of Animals, which Howitt had published between 1809 and 1811. This magnificent study contained forty-four plates. Samuel Howitt was regarded as a master of animal study.

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