(b Lewes, Sussex, 31 July 1804; d Sydenham, Kent [now in Greater London], 11 Jan. 1867). English engraver and printer. In 1835 he patented a method of making colour prints—the first commercially viable alternative to the hand-coloured print. The basic design, usually in aquatint, was printed from a steel plate, and the colours were superimposed from up to twenty wooden blocks. Around the middle of the century ‘Baxter prints’ enjoyed a great vogue, making coloured reproductions of paintings widely available.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)