A beautiful gently faded print by George Baxter after Jessie Mcleod from 1856, entitled "The Lovers Letter Box". I love the timeworn frame too which is the original. There are some watermarks on the paper and chips on the frame but this all adds to the charm. It is behind glass.
George Baxter (1804-1867) spent 8 years developing his technique which became internationally renowned. His first colour print, Butterflies, was produced in 1829.
How did the process work? It combined an engraved metal plate with up to twenty engraved wooden blocks, each printed in a separate colour in a combined intaglio and relief process . The prints were both good quality and cheap and large numbers were produced. Baxter's prints were used for a variety of purposes including notepaper, pocket-books, decorated music sheets, and needle cases, and book illustrations. (Source: www.hsm.ox.ac.uk/baxter-prints)
47cm x 59cm x 4.5cm
Beautiful in a contemporary or traditional setting. Gentle, soft, faded glamour and oh so romantic.
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