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Christmas Card

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A hand-painted Christmas card sent to John and Molly (Mary) Christian.

Arthur Edwin Baker followed his father into the dry-salting industry and later became a shipping clerk. During the First World War he worked in munitions and as an Air Raid Patrol Warden during the Second War. He was made a Freeman of the City of London. Although he received no training in art, he was a prolific painter, particularly in later life, producing watercolour paintings of local views, specifically of the Marks Gate area. He also had an interest in calligraphy. It was discovered that the Baker family was related to the owners of Drake's Mill, Marks Gate, which is featured in some of Baker's paintings.

Valence House Museum



Christmas Card


watercolour on paper


H 13 x W 14 cm

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LDVAL 2016.52.10

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