Acknowledged as Scotland's earliest sporting artist Howe was born in Stirling and frequently exhibited equestrian subjects in Edinburgh. Two set of engravings after his portraits were published in 1824 and 1832. He also produced a series of portraits for Iritish Domestic Animals, published by the Highland Society of Scotland. Howe is best remembered for his falconry picture Mr Flemming of Barochan Castle, with John Anderson (Scottish National Portrait Gallery). By repute he visited London only once, in order to paint the horses in the Royal Mews.