Spring 2019 Feature Exhibition


Colouring Victorian Life

The Feature Exhibition by The New Baxter Society will showcase the prints of George Baxter and his licensees, explaining how his patented “Baxter Process” prints were produced, and showing how these prints made affordable coloured pictures available to the masses for the first time. The exhibited prints will tell the story of key events throughout the mid-nineteenth century and show how they came to be used on everyday objects - from book illustrations and decorative prints to embellishments for needle-boxes, pin cushions, calling card baskets, children’s picture tickets, reward cards, and much more. 


The New Baxter Society

The New Baxter Society was formed in 1983, following a successful exhibition of Baxter's work at Reading Museum and Art Gallery. Our objectives are to further interest in the work of George Baxter, his licensees and nineteenth-century colour printing. Members include collectors, academics and public bodies around the globe.

The Society produces three newsletters a year and members meet regularly to exhibit some of their own items or to visit a public collection.

Speaker - Roger Smith, former Chairman of The New Baxter Society, and co-author of Pictorial Catalogues of Joseph Mansell’s and Bradshaw & Blacklock’s Baxter Process prints.

Other speakers TBC
Roger will be delivering a series of talks exploring the development of George Baxter’s patented process and how his prints added colour to Victorian life.