(active between the second half of the 1800s and the early 1900s)
A painter and photographer of English origin, at a certain point of his life he decided to move to Italy, where he passionately took up photography and documenting field work, uses, customs, and traditions of peasants and farmers in Caserta and Scanno. Scanno, located in Abruzzo, was the subject of an important reportage of his. In fact, subsequently, this place would become a sort of must-see for photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Mario Giacomelli. Howells also visited Sardinia in 1903, taking some photo “notes” of this place. In all likelihood, Howells used his photographs as an image source for his paintings, which was something quite common among artists in the late century, like, for example Francesco Paolo Michetti.