The arrival of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria at the House of Lords to open the first Parliament of Her Reign. Dedicated by Command to the Royal Family.
[Henry Graves & Co., 1845]
Baxter process with mezzotint 546 x 427 mm (22 x 16¾ inches. Image. Marginal tears and discoloured edges.
Queen Victoria heads a procession down the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords, surrounded by female attendants and officers of state. She is flanked on either side by Life Guards and men and women watching, the man to her left carries the crown. The Queen opened her first Parliament in 1837, this mezzotint engraving after Baxters picture is from 1841. The scene is full in individual portraits and accurate representations of dresses and jewels as Baxter had been allowed special facilities to produce his print. The Lord Chamberlain Lord Cottenham is leading the procession. George Baxter, who was trained as a lithographer and engraver, developed a process to produce colour prints from blocks and plates using oil-based inks. Courtney Lewis describes an aquatint plate by Baxter [item 131] printed in sepia, coloured impressions being uncommon. It does not describe this engraving which may be engraved by C.W. Wagstaff and published after 1842 by Henry Graves & Co. as described in the National Library of Australia.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 15809] £320.00