Does anyone know any detail about this artist - I believe he came over from Cork Ireland in about 1840, exhibited 31 times at the British Institute between 1841 - 1869 but would he have been a well known a reputed artist by 1851 OR could he have been employed by Baxter about that time to paint views he intended to produce?
Baxter was apprenticed to S Williams in the 1820's. We known that SW was a well respected wood engraver in the style of Bewick (using hard woods and finer tools, as used for engraving of steel plates to create much superior work). We have a number of books with early wood engravings by Baxter which also include work by S Williams.
Courtney Lewes (?) stated that at some time Baxter met Bewick but this has always thought of as wrong. Bewick died in 1828 and why would he have met such a young and junior wood engraver? BUT! S Williams, as stated, was one of only a handful of respected wood engravers of the period and within a very few years GB joined the list.
So it is very possible that Bewick, in his later years, met Williams and as Baxter was a glowing apprentice, could have possible been introduced? Can anyone confirm or add any information?
In May 1860, due to financial problems, Baxter's plant, equipment, plates and blocks were put up for auction by Southgate and Barrett. They were not sold and Baxter carried on in business republising his works 'at vastly reduced prices'. On his retirement in 1865? again all his equipment and prints were put up for sale by auctioneer Mr Bean. Does anyone have ANY information relating to these sales that are over and above what is included in the 1920's publication 'Baxter Prints Pictorally Presented' which basically reviewed the 1860 auction - Can anyone help with information especially about the Bean auction?