No. 39, Running a Hog Deer


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A wonderfully detailed hand colored aquatint sporting print by Samuel Howitt (1765-1822) from the octavo edition of his book "Oriental Field Sports; Being a Complete, Detailed, and Accurate Description of the Wild Sports of the East." This colorplate set of 40 aquatint prints was published by Edward Orme and printed in two volumes by H.R. Young in London in 1819. This print is from the second edition. The book was an overall study of the wild life, natural flora, and big game hunting experiences of the British and indigenous Indians in the period of Regency England. The image in this print was rendered for the book by Howitt based on Captain Thomas Williamsons original on-site sketches. Overall this print measures 9.5" x 13.5" and has some foxing/staining/creasing. A country gentleman from Chigwell, in Essex, Samuel Howitt's entry into the world of art was prompted as a means of meeting financial obligations which he incurred as a result of his carefree nature. In reaction to his solid Quaker upbringing, Howitt was an active participant in the thriving London social scene of gambling, hunting, fishing and sporting. He could often be found making the rounds of London's drinking houses with his brother-in-law, the noted caricaturist and watercolorist, Thomas Rowlandson. His marriage to Rowlandson's sister was not a success and apparently his passion for fishing and sporting excursions led to their separation. Howitt's initial artistic efforts were somewhat crude, but his natural talents quickly and skillfully progressed to a remarkable degree. Some of his individual works were exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1783 and 1815. His quick, fretted outlines, which were then washed in, reflect the influence of Rowlandson. He was prolific in oil and watercolor, and as a printmaker and his lighthearted, boisterous works appeared in numerous sporting and other publications. In 1808 he provided illustrations for The Angler's Manual. In 1812, 70 of his illustrations appeare