Print: Le Blond Baxter CL 164. Original published by Baxter as CL 357 in 1856. Courtney Lewis, in 1924, said that this is after a painting by Landseer showing Lady Rachel Eveline Russell (a daughter of a Duke of Bedford and afterwards wife of Lord J. W. Butler) when six years old. Having seen an image of the Landseer artwork I can’t see where CL drew that conclusion from but there were rumours at the time that she was actually Landseer’s daughter. Nothing on the printing plate confirms a Landseer’s connection but it would have been a popular subject being taken from the famous children’s tale.
Normally the first thing Le Blond would have done when he purchased the plates was to remove Baxter’s signature, in this case there was none to remove, then insert his own.
The majority of all Le Blond Baxter would have been trimmed in the early 1900’s to remove LB’s signature to enble them to be passed off as Baxter’s work but in this case the LB signature was too high up so they usually rubbed out or covered it.
In this example that was not done so this is fully signed Le Blond & Co and LA Elliott Boston. Under the print is still the engraved text as seen on Baxter’s plate. LB never removed this as he presumed, like Baxter, that all the prints would be trimmed before sale. So although signed by LB under the print it still states "Published Dec. 9, 1856, by G. Baxter, Proprietor & Patentee, London".
Date: Circa 1868
Size (cm ht x w): 15.8 x 10.9 (print) 17.8 x 12.9 (sheet)
State: Full sheet as taken from the press including the registration holes top and bottom
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