George Baxter 'Verona', from The Pictorial Album
(Chapman & Hall, 1837)
C.155.d.8     13.5x10.5 cm


George Baxter used a foundation plate which held a range of tonal effects created by aquatint or mezzotint with steel engraving, and then coloured the print by a series of sometimes as many as thirty wood blocks coated in oil inks. This process, together with Baxter's considerable engraving and printing skills, and his keen selection of colours, brought a rich and detailed finish to his 'picture printings'. Baxter prints were intended to reproduce oil paintings, but the process was to prove too expensive to be popular for book illustration.