Print of the Month - March 2013

Published by George Baxter about 1852 (Baxter’s Number 77). It represents a portion of the Foreign Department at the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851.

The statue on the left is that of 'A Child, Dog, and Serpent' by M. Lechesne, and on the right is the companion group. In the centre is 'The Dead Mother on the Prairie with her Living Babe at her Breast.' Immediately behind the central group is another in bronze, called 'The Death of the Stag' by Mr. J. De Bay, a French sculptor, and near it is a vase, bronzed by a then new process, and beyond is the stained-glass window by G. Bertini, of Milan. In the extreme distance is the organ, by Gray and Davidson. In the gallery are specimens of the productions of the silk looms of Lyons, Austria, etc.

The print was produced from a steel plate and ten colour blocks, and was originally sold at 3s.

Baxter Process Print, size 12 x 24.5 cm. This print is unsigned.

The print was issued on several different stamped mounts as well as unmounted with marginal lettering. It was also published as one of the plates in 'Baxter’s Gems of the Great Exhibition’ and in 'Gems of the Great Exhibitions, London 1851, New - York 1853.'