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Australia. News from Home.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1853 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Baxter, George, born 1804 - died 1867 (print-maker)
    Melville, Harden Sidney, born 1824 - died 1894 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Baxter print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Francis William Baxter

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PE, shelf 51, box D

Physical description

Baxter-process print depicting a group of men inside a wooden building. The man seated on a chair in the centre is reading a letter whilst a dog, seated at his side, is looking up at him. A man standing beside him is in the process of opening a letter whilst a man to the left is shown leaning back in his chair reading a newspaper.

Place of Origin

England (printed)


1853 (published)


Baxter, George, born 1804 - died 1867 (print-maker)
Melville, Harden Sidney, born 1824 - died 1894 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Baxter print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettering has been trimmed off

Mount embossed with seal


Height: 4.375 in, Width: 5.9375 in

Descriptive line

Print by George Baxter after H. S. Melville, 'Australia. News from Home,' Baxter-process print, published state, England, 1853

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. 195
Lewis, C. T. Courtney. George Baxter (colour printer) his life and work: a manual for collectors. London: S. Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., 1908.

Production Note

Published state.




Baxter-process printing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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