Print: Baxter - CL 167 – One of Baxter’s series of prints featuring exhibits from the Great Exhibition of 1851. Included in the rare book Baxter's Gems of the Great Exhibition as well as being sold separately by Baxter.
It represents a portion of the Belgian department and shows, "The Unhappy Child," by Simonis, of Brussels, “which was one of the greatest sculpture attractions of the Great Exhibition”. On the right is "The Lion in Love," by G. Geefs, and on the left is "The Faithful Messenger," by J. Geefs, of Antwerp.
Behind the centre statue were specimens of wood carving by Geartz, of Louvain. The carpets suspended from the girders and cross beams were fine Brussels carpets. The portion of the building behind the statue on the right was one of the staircases from the ground floor to the courts above.
The Daily News of May 3rd, 1852, says of this print: "It would be difficult to say too much in praise of the minute and faithful rendering of these well remembered works of art. They constitute decidedly the best of the very numerous representations of the Great Exhibition sculptures. Mr. Baxter's process for printing in colours is one of the many steps which have been taken in our days to place art effectually within the reach of the people."
On the steel plate under the print, is "Gems of the Great Exhibition. No. 2 of the Series. Designed, Engraved, Printed and Published by G. Baxter, Patentee, 11 & 12, Northampton Square, April 26th, 1852 (Entered at Stationers' Hall)." The print was produced from a plate and ten blocks, and was originally sold at 3s.
Size (cm ht x w): 11.7 x 23.5 (print) 20.5 x 30.5 (mount)
State: On original stamped mount (SM)
Condition: Very good colours, overall light toning to mount
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