Joseph Mansell was one of a few printers licensed by George Baxter to produce
prints using his patented colour process. George Baxter and Le Blond are
the most collected although there are some very fine examples of Mansell's work.
Joseph Mansell was born in Northampton Square, Clerkenwell, London in 1803. His
father was William. He acquired No. 35 Red Lion Square in 1849, from where he
carried out his business and resided with his wife, Elizabeth Porthouse and
their four daughters.
Mansell obtained a license from Baxter around 1850 and his business became known
for its embossed fancy stationery goods as well as colour printing.
He effectively combined his colour printing with his fancy stationery business
and both examples of Baxter Process and chromolithograph printing can be found
extensively on his greeting cards. Other items of fancy stationery produced were
often cut and embossed work, including reward cards, paper dish-covers, menus,
memorial cards, ham frills, stove ornaments, cut tissues and lace papers.
continued to grow and Mansell acquired the adjoining property at no. 36 Red Lion
Square and finally 71 Addison Road, Kensington where he resided so that the Red
Lion Square properties could be devoted to the business.
He exhibited at the International Exhibitions in London in 1851 and 1862 and at
the 1855 Paris exhibition. Apart from his Baxter process printing, Joseph
Mansell later earned a considerable reputation for his chromolithographic
After Joseph Mansell's death at the age of 71 on November 8th, 1874 the business
continued in his name until 1890 when all but the colour printing part of the
business was merged with a competitor. The colour printing business continued
for a time as Joseph Mansell Limited.
More about Joseph Mansell.
For more about Joseph Mansell and his prints check out the following monthly features:
October 2016 - Print of the Month - The Wolf and the Lamb
February 2016 - Print of the Month - Valentine Card with Baxter Process Print
December 2015 - Print of the Month - Mansell Chromolithograph Christmas Card
June 2015 - Print of the Month - The Gleaner
December 2014 - Print of the Month - Mansell Chromolithograph Christmas Card
July 2014 - Article - Baxter and the Military
February 2014 - Print of the Month - Mansell Chromolithograph Valentine Card
November 2013 - Article - Joseph Mansell Research
August 2013 - Print of the Month - La Disuse De Bonne Aventure (The Fortune Teller)
February 2013 - Article - Valentine Cards
October 2012 - Print of the Month - Autumn (also known as Bees and Butterflies)