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Print - Hollyhocks


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1857 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Baxter, George, born 1804 - died 1867 (print-maker)
    Bartholomew, Valentine, born 1799 - died 1879 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Baxter print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Francis William Baxter

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3, shelf H, box 30

George Baxter is one of the few printmakers who have given their name to a printmaking technique. His patented process combined printing from etched or aquatinted metal plates with printing from wood-engraved blocks. The blocks were printed in oil colours, which gave the resulting prints a richness of colour that some of the earlier attempts at full colour printing lacked.

The Baxter process was later overtaken by colour lithography as a method of printing in colour.

Physical description

Colour print depicting red and yellow hollyhocks on a balcony overlooking a landscape of mountains and lakes. On mount with embossed seal.

Place of Origin

England (printed)


1857 (published)


Baxter, George, born 1804 - died 1867 (print-maker)
Bartholomew, Valentine, born 1799 - died 1879 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Baxter print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Pubd March 10, 1857 by G. Baxter Proprietor & Patentee London.'
Lettered on print


Height: 37.5 cm, Width: 27.2 cm

Descriptive line

Baxter Process Print. George Baxter after V. Bartholomew. Hollyhocks, England, 1857

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1932. London: HMSO, 1933
cat. no. 276
Lewis, C. T. Courtney. George Baxter (colour printer) his life and work: a manual for collectors. London: S. Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., 1908.




Baxter-process printing

Subjects depicted

Hollyhocks; Flowers


Prints; Printmaking techniques


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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