Print: Baxter - CL 198 - Charge of the British Troops on the road to Windlesham AND No. 197 – Review of the British Fleet, &,c., Portsmouth - both being preparations for the impending war in the Crimea.
CHARGE OF THE TROOPS - This prints shows a ‘sham’ / practice battle that took place near Chobham, Surrey. Signed on the left “Published April 24, 1854, by G. Baxter, Proprietor and Patentee".
Courtney Lewis gives details about the print in The Picture Printer 1924 which refers to: The Times of August 5th, 1853, in a long account, records: "In Catlin's Valley, Lord Seaton proceeded to fight a grand sham battle. While the retreating squadrons sought more and more the cover of their guns, the contest for the possession of the redoubt grew every moment more severe, and then, with loud hurrahs which made the valley ring, the whole line advanced by brigade, to the charge, which was executed with splendid effect. The Guards rushed on impetuously on the right and Sir R. England's brigade on the left, and while on either hand they occupied the enemies attention by throwing out skirmishers, the whole Cavalry force, dashing suddenly from the centre, was hurled on its centre and left. One of these charges in which the whole, brigade joined, the blues and the Scots Greys in the centre, and the Hussars and Light Dragoons on either side, was the finest thing of the kind we have ever witnessed, and electrified every onlooker by its brilliancy."
The print was produced from a plate and ten blocks, and was originally sold at 3s.
REVIEW OF THE BRITISH FLEET - Signed on the extreme right, in one of the stones of the battery, "Published May 31st, 1854, by G. Baxter, Patentee and Proprietor”.
Courtney Lewis in 1924 refers to ”The Times of August 12th, 1853, records: "Some faint idea may be formed of yesterday's review from the aggregate of guns, horse-power and tonnage of the Fleet, and from the number of men required for the full complement of each ship. There were employed 1,076 guns, the power of 9,680 horses, 40,207 tons of shipping, and ships' companies that should altogether have amounted to 10,423 hands. The Fleet thus comprised about the same number of men as are encamped at Chobham, only that instead of being distributed in tents they are cooped up in 25 ships of war - 13 of which are screw steamers - nine paddle wheel, and three sailing ships of the line. There were no less than 1,076 guns, the smaller, 32-pounders, and as large as the largest used in the great sea fights by which our ancestors won the sovereignty of the seas. The largest throw 84-lb. shells, which would be 104 lb. if solid shot were used, and the frightful destructiveness of these missiles may be imagined exploding on concussion, according to Captain Moorsom's recent invention. The great feature, however, of the armament of the present Fleet is its 68-pounders, which produced, when fired, a prodigious effect both upon the imagination and the tympanums of all who witnessed the Review. The proceedings of the Review commenced with a Royal Salute, fired by the whole Fleet . . . . The Queen, in her yacht, led the squadron to sea, occupying a central position between the Duke of Wellington on the starboard and the Agamemnon on the port side. The Fleet reached Spithead about six o'clock, and on its arrival the signal was given for the gunboats of all the ships to assemble, manned and armed, round the Royal yacht. Thus terminated a spectacle unprecedented in this country and that could be produced nowhere else; a spectacle which well accords with our national sympathies and which is doubly gratifying from the height in which it places the efficiency of our Navy. If it restores our confidence in that surest and greatest arm of defence for this island kingdom of ours, it will not have been held in vain”
In the bottom plate margin is engraved: "Review of the British Fleet, &c. Engraved, Printed, and Published, May 31th (sic), 1854, by the Proprietor, George Baxter, the Inventor and Patentee of Oil Colour Picture Printing, 11 & 12, Northampton Square (Entered at Stationers' Hall),".The print was produced from twelve blocks, and was originally sold at 3s.
Date: Both 1854
Size (cm ht x w): 12.1 x 24 (Troops) 12.3 x 24.7 (Fleet) 20.2 x 31.7 (both mounts)
State: Both on stamped embossed titled mounts as issued by Baxter
Condition: Colours on both are good, it appears they have spent all their life together so they are perfectly matched. The mounts on both are slightly bubbling and creased but the areas around the embossed titles are excellent hence once over mounted they would frame up very well.
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