Portrait of Vah-ta-ah, the Feejeean Princess

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

Colour print, 12cm x 17cm (including mount); from a miniature by J. D. MacDonald, of HMS Herald; printed in oil colours by [George] Baxter, Inventor and Patentee, London.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Baxter (1804-1867) was an engraver and printer who invented a process of colour printing that made reproductions of paintings available on a mass scale. He supplied colour illustrations to the publisher George Mudie and produced prints for the London Missionary Society. Baxter's process incorporated the aquatint method and involved superimposing the colours using wooden blocks. Baxter used carefully etched plates, a hand press, and the finest colours, oils and paper. He mixed the colours himself but left no record of their composition. The process quickly gained popularity and was widely useful in producing replications of paintings. [Source: National Portrait Gallery]

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Archivist's Note

Catalogued

Custodial History

Image held as part of the LMS Museum (inventory item 162) before being transferred to SOAS Library in January 2008.