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George Baxter (1804 - 1867) is regarded as the "Inventor" of colour printing. The Baxter process, which he patented in 1835, involved an initial metal keyplate and up to 20 wood or metal blocks to apply each individual colour, and all this on hand presses! What stood out about George Baxter was the overall quality he endeavoured to achieve. He only used the best quality paper and mixed all his own oil inks. To gain perfect registration, alignment of all the blocks, was an art in itself. Today, when we think of a 'print' we think of a item turned out in volume by a machine - not so in 1835 - George Baxter would have designed and drawn the image, then engraved it on to a steel plate. From that he would produce all the colour blocks required to add the colour and only then was it printed, all by hand, and up to 20 plus impressions, drying and wetting the paper in between each colour - the whole process would have taken a great deal of time. His print of the Coronation of Queen Victoria was perhaps his one of his most complex works (including 200 recognisable faces). From the moment he drew the scene, sitting in his given box at the investuture in 1838, through to their publication took him FOUR years.
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Georgebaxter.com specialises in work by this well-known and highly collectable printer and prints by his process. As well as offering many prints for sale we also purchase unwanted items and are pleased to offer advice and valuations. We also welcome comment and emails from Baxter collectors and enthusiast around the world.
The image above shows George Baxter's own paint box - image courtesy of the family. The image to the right is of His Royal Highness Prince Albert produced 1850 and, if still available, is for sale on this site as item no 1074.
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