Horses Frightened by Lightning
Council of Horses
A pair of colour printed aquatints drawn and etched by Samuel Howitt with additional aquatinting by Greig and Bailey. These prints were published in London in 1801.
Samuel Howitt was well known as both an artist and engraver of sporting subjects. He lived in Chigwell and drew much of his inspiration from the natural beauty of nearby Epping Forest. His artistic ability meant that from an early age he was in demand as an illustrator of books and the coloured aquatints that accompany Edward Orme’s Oriental Field Sports can be counted amongst his finest work. It is widely held that Howitt was self-taught and this may account for the originality of his work and the independence of his artistic expression. When in London he spent a great deal of time with his brother-in-law, Thomas Rowlandson, and another fellow artist, George Morland. Howitt fitted well into this somewhat racy circle of artists and by the mid 1780’s had established himself in Old Compton Street in the heart of bohemian Soho.
These magnificent images are redolent of George Stubbs and share his passion for the anatomy of the horse.
24¾ x 19¾"