The Lamented Missionary. The Rev.d John Williams, who was cruelly Massacred at Erromanga.Seated in his Study composing his celebrated Missionary Enterprises; which have been aptly designed as a Supplement to the Acts of Apostles. Designed and Printed in Oil Colours by Patentee George Baxter.
Proof Baxter print. Bright and vivid oil colouring. 391 x 293mm.
John Williams [1796 – 1839], missionary active in the South Pacific until he was killed and eaten on Erromango in the Vanutu archipelago. 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. Baxter had published quite a few prints of Williams including his murder on the island of Erromanga a few days after landing.
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