Print of the Month - February 2018

Printed and published by Joseph Mansell using George Baxter's patented Baxter Process. Size 3 x 5 cm approx.

One of 15 illustrations printed on one sheet. This size of print is often called a needlebox print because they were often used to decorate the cover of needle boxes.

The firm of Joseph Mansell were colour printers from the 1850s until the 1890s and are best known for their greetings cards and their embossed fancy stationery goods.

Most of their colour printing was produced using chromolithography but their Baxter Process printing was often used as decoration on their fancy Valentine and School Reward cards.

Valentine Card by Wood decorated with Mansell's Grape Dance

This card by the firm of Wood demonstrates how this print was used to embellish Valentine Cards.

Reward Card embelished by Mansell's Grape Dance

And here is an example of a Reward Card / Picture Ticket published by Mansell also using this same image. This card is one of a set of 15 titled A Little Gift of Illustrated Gems with each card illustrated with one of the prints from the same sheet.