Mic
Jan 21, 2018

Baxter was apprenticed to Samuel Williams (Wood Engraver)

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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?

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