|Method||Copper engraving with hand colouring|
|Published||Pub. by W. Darton & J. Harvey, Sept.r. 1st. 1808.|
|Dimensions||Image 92 x 149 mm, Plate 120 x 183 mm, Sheet 127 x 207 mm|
From Rev. William Bingley's Memoirs of British quadrupeds: illustrative principally of their habits of life, instincts, sagacity, and uses to mankind. Arranged according to the system of Linnaeus (London: Darton & Harvey, 1809).
Inscribed beneath image with title and above with: No. 40. var. 7.
Samuel Howitt (1756 - 1822) was an English painter, illustrator and etcher of animals, hunting, horse-racing and landscape scenes. He was the brother-in-law of Thomas Rowlandson. From around 1791, Howitt produced sporting prints, a few of which he published himself, but mostly he worked for other publishers. He was also active from 1801-5 as a publisher of caricatures, many of which he etched himself under the pseudonym of Giles Grinagain.
William Darton (1755 - 1819) and Joseph Harvey (1764 - 1841) were print publishers active as a partnership in London between 1791 and 1833. Darton established the firm at White Lion Alley, Birchin Lane in 1787. Harvey joined in 1791, followed by his son Robert Harvey (1805 - 1867) between 1833 and 1846. In 1795, Darton's son, William Junior (1781 - 1854), was apprenticed to the firm. In 1803, he set up his own publishing house in Holborn Hill. Between 1866 and 1876, William Junior's son, John Maw Darton (1809 - 1881), continued the business from his premises on Paternoster Row.