Samuel Howitt (British, 1756–1822)
A cockerel and hens with an intruder
Signed l.c.: Howitt, pen and grey ink and watercolour over traces of pencil
13 x 18.3 cm
The artist, who married the sister of Thomas Rowlandson, is acclaimed for his country subjects. His animal sketches were frequently done from life.
Provenance: Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven (1800– 1973)
Henry Rogers Broughton succeeded his older brother, Urban Huttlestone Broughton, as 2nd Baron Fairhaven in 1966. He was born in the United States and was educated at Harrow before joining the Royal Horse Guards in 1920. Both brothers were great collectors, and Henry put together one of the largest twentieth-century collections of paintings, drawings, gouaches and miniatures. He left a large bequest of 120 flower paintings, over 900 watercolours and drawings and 44 volumes of drawings by botanical artists such as Redouté and Ehret to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – the Broughton Bequest.