Samuel Howitt 1756/7-1822/3 was a sporting painter and engraver who produced a number of works for publication in both book and print form. He normally worked in watercolour and also made etchings. His most famous series of prints are probably His Oriental Field Sports painted in 1805 and the illustrations for the British Sportsman. He first exhibited at the RA in 1785. He established himself as a successful sporting artist of the time. He was the brother in law of Thomas Rowlandson and there can be seen similarities in their work.
Originally from Nottinghamshire he was a man who enjoyed the pleasures of country life, racing and hunting. However he had to earn a living and for this purpose he spent most of his life in London.