Signed and on the reverse Inscribed with title Baxter Pinxt Nov 5th 1850 48 x 42cm
Charles Baxter was a painter of fancy portraits and charming pretty girls. He lived and worked in London, starting his career as a bookbinder and miniature painter. Baxter exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between 1834 and 1872, as well as Suffolk Street, another prestigious Gallery. Many of his works included poetic and rustic subjects. Female beauty was much prized in the 19th Century. For the first time, large numbers of pictures were painted whose sole raison d’être was a depiction of such beauty, not so much in the form of specific portraiture, but more as a homage to feminine beauty in its own right. Using his skills as a miniaturist, Baxter takes his subjects and captures on canvas an image which is beautiful, gentle, sweet and somewhat coy. He spread his net far and wide, painting beauties of all social classes but undoubtedly his favourite subjects were figures from the aristocracy. Charles was elected a member of the Society of British Artists in 1842.
This is a beautifully executed example of Charles Baxter’s work (as good as it gets). These types of highly decorative paintings are increasingly being acquired upon the advice of Interior Decorators to form the key room focus piece in both more traditionally styled or completely contemporary interiors. The painting had been well cared for over its 17O years existence! It had been painted on a quality artists board (more stable than canvas) and is in its original frame. We acquired the actual painting in its current freshly and beautifully restored condition, but the frame while amazingly undamaged (very unusual) was extremely dirty. On specialist cleaning all the frame’s original guilt surface revealed itself, so that all was required was to re-gild the ‘hand worn’ outer swags in 24 carat gold. We have been lucky to acquire this at a very keen price enabling us to offer it at the auction price range of similar sized works offered in the last few years.