(William) Samuel Howitt (1765-1822) was a well known English artist and engraver. This original engraving includes the plate press marks. The engraving is from "Howitt's miscellaneous Etchings, old & new" (1812-20), Publisher: Orme, London. The print inside the plate marks measures 6 3/8" X 5 1/4". The frame size is 14 1/4" X 14 1/2",
Howitt also published a very famous and successful subscription of hunting scenes from exotic locals which was used by Josiah Spode to produced some of Spode's most sought after ware. In addition, Howitt created a series of prints based on Aesop's Fables, and had a long and very successful career creating many engravings that are now resident in many museums around the world.
The print of the dogs is in excellent condition with no foxing and no damage.
William Samuel Howitt's original signature is on a separate small piece of paper that was cut from another unknown document. It is creased in the center but is nicely mounted and otherwise very presentable. I had these two items paired framed and mounted about 30 years ago. The items are mounted using materials and techniques that should preserve them as they are today, including under UV glass. The frame is damaged on the bottom right corner where a half inch long piece of the molded coating has been knocked off. It can be easily repaired in a satisfactory manner by a good frame shop, but I left it as it for now.
From Wikipedia - "Howitt was particularly noted for the illustrations in (Captain) Thomas Williamson's Oriental Field Sports (1807), based on sketches made by the author in India . He also illustrated several other works: Thoughts on Hunting (London: D. Bremner, 1798), Other publications included Miscellaneous Etchings of Animals (50 plates, 1803); British Field Sports (20 coloured plates, 1807); The Angler's Manual (12 plates, 1808); A New Work of Animals (100 plates, 1811); Groups of Animals (24 plates, 1811); The British Sportsman (70 plates, 1812); Foreign Field Sports (110 plates, 1819).
In 1822 Howitt died in Somers Town, London, and was buried in St. Pancras cemetery."
Early 19th Century Original Engraving - Howitt - Hunting Dogs
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