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Print - Please to ring the Bell

Please to ring the Bell

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1819-1894 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Blond, Abraham, born 1819 - died 1894 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Baxter colour printing process

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr A. R. Harvey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Baxter print, lettered 'Le Blond & Co., London'.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1819-1894 (made)


Le Blond, Abraham, born 1819 - died 1894 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Baxter colour printing process

Marks and inscriptions

Le Blond & Co., London


Height: 6.625 in, Width: 4.625 in

Historical context note

George Baxter (1804 - 1867) is regarded as the "Inventor" of colour printing. The Baxter process, which he patented in 1835, involved an initial metal keyplate and up to 20 wood or metal blocks to apply each individual colour, and all this on hand presses. What stood out about George Baxter was the overall quality he endeavoured to achieve. He only used the best quality paper and mixed all his own oil inks. To gain perfect registration, alignment of all the blocks was an art in itself. Each colour or layer of oil ink was built up to achieve what was a miniature oil painting, art for the masses. Apart from the sale of 'Oil Pictures' his prints were used to illustrate books, his 'Cabinet of Paintings' was the first to be published in full colour, as well as music sheets, needleboxes, boxes for handkerchiefs, playing cards etc.
(The George Baxter Society).

Descriptive line

Baxter print entitled 'Please to ring the Bell' by Abraham Le Blond (1819-1894). London, Great Britain.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1946. London: Published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, 1949.




Colour printing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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