Baxter print

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A method of coloured printmaking devised and patented in 1835 by George Baxter (1804–67). It involved the use of a ‘key’ metal plate or stone for the main design, and the print resulting from this was then coloured in oil- or water-based inks by means of a succession of woodblocks, all of which had to be correctly registered against the original design. The process represented the first commercially viable alternative to the hand-coloured print and enjoyed great success for a quarter of a century.

Subjects: Art.

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