Mic
Jan 21, 2018

The Pictorial Pilgrims Progress - Fisher & Son 1839-1840

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Does anyone have a copy of this book or access to it. Contemporary adverts state that this book contains 25 engravings from Drawings by J M W Turner, H Melville and George Baxter. There is no record of this book or what prints or wood engravings by Baxter, if any, are included, can anyone help

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  • Mic
    Jan 21, 2018

    This original painting of Baxter’s Circassion Lady at the Bath– Baxter states that it was painted by Wingael, but who was Wingael? I can’t find any info the painter, can anyone help
  • Mic
    Jan 21, 2018

    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?
  • Mic
    Jan 21, 2018

    This is a painting, by George Baxter (?) himself and shows what appears to be a ceremony at some equatorial location. I have always presumed this shows Queen Victoria but can't trace any visits to equatorial climes, so it could be anyone, whoever it is she appears to be planting a tree? There is what appears to be a very unique building in the background with crown on the top, this might be the best clue, does anyone know what this could represent