Harry Hambro Howe was a marine artist who was born in Buckfield, Maine on August 16, 1886. Howe came from a family of artists. Both his grandfather, H. Howe, and his father, Captain T. Bailey Howe, were artists. T. Bailey Howe taught his son, Harry, how to paint. T. Bailey Howe was master of the Nantucket whaler, the Isabella. Harry H. Howe spent most of his life on the New England coast. Apparently a prolific artist, he painted landscapes, seascapes, marine paintings, and still lifes. He died in Ann Arbor, MI on April 20, 1966.
The Mystery Surrounding Howe
It is believed by some collectors that paintings produced by William F. Paskell were sometimes signed "HHHowe." The Paskell style paintings that are signed HHHowe are often on the same stretcher type as Paskell paintings signed Paskell, indicating that perhaps the paintings were done by the same artist. Since paintings by Paskell were often sold door to door, it is believed that pseudonyms were used on his works in order to bring "new" artists to the attention of the buying public. Paskell is not known, however, to have ever painted still lifes. Compare the paintings in the H. H. Howe Gallery to those in the Paskell Gallery.
Any information about the mystery of H. H. Howe would be greatly appreciated. In particular, we would be very interested in paintings known to be by Harry H. Howe. Please send me e-mail.
Artist photo courtesy of Charles O. Vogel
Roberta Howe Baumgartner
Martha Vincent (great granddaughter)
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