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Samuel Howitt, Seaman killing Polar Bear

Howitt, Samuel (1756 – Somers Town 1822). Seamen killing a Polar Bear. There is no chance for the bear against the seamen armed with boat-hooks and guns even though one of the two hounds will not survive the embrace. Aquatint together with Matthew Dubourg (fl. London 1808-38) in the original coloring. Inscribed: Howitt Del. / Published & Sold Jany. 1st. 1813, by Edwd. Orme, Bond Street, London. / Howitt & Dubourg Sculpt., otherwise as above. 7⅛ × 9¼ in (18.1 × 23.4 cm).

Tooley 224, 79. – From the 1st edition of FOREIGN FIELD SPORTS completed in 1814 , Schwerdt I (1928), 177 ff.: “The coloured plates … especially those drawn by Howitt, are fine, both as regards draughtsmanship and colouring …(The book) is sure to increase in value … ”.

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