Thomas (1782) Baxter (1782 - 1821)

Lot 168A: 19th C. British Engravings by T. Baxter, Ex-MFA Boston

Artemis Gallery

March 15, 2018
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Thomas Baxter (British, 1782-1821), three engravings entitled,"Homer and his Muse", "Bacchante Carrying a Wreath", and "Priest of Bacchus & Attendant" from Thomas Baxter, "An Illustration of the Egyptian, Grecian, and Roman costume: in forty outlines, with descriptions," (London, 1810). All plates are signed as drawn and engraved by T. Baxter and from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston collection - see MFA Boston stamp on verso of each. The book that included these engravings was dedicated by Thomas Baxter to Henry Fuseli, Esq., Professor in Painting, and Keeper of the Royal Academy. Three beautiful examples of Baxter's work, each one set in a black mat. Size: 12.125" L x 9" W (30.8 cm x 22.9 cm); 14.875" L x 11" W (37.8 cm x 27.9 cm) with mat

Thomas Baxter was a China painter in addition to being an engraver. He studied and exhibited at the Royal Academy and his works demonstrate a striking penchant for line and an embrace of the Neoclassical movement. According to Baxter, inspiration for his compositions came from imagery found in pieces from Herculaneum and other ancient sites.

Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection

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Condition Report: Sheets show normal discoloration and areas of foxing commensurate with age. Nice strong plate marks. Minor almost invisible nicks to some edges. Small losses to left edge of "Homer and His Muse". MFA Boston stamp on verso of each engraving.
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