The Reception of the Rev. J. Williams at Tanna, in the South Seas, the day before he was massacred. [Together with] The Massacre of the Lamented Missionary, the Rev. J. Williams, and Mr. Harris. George BAXTER, England.
The Reception of the Rev. J. Williams at Tanna, in the South Seas, the day before he was massacred. [Together with] The Massacre of the Lamented Missionary, the Rev. J. Williams, and Mr. Harris
The Reception of the Rev. J. Williams at Tanna, in the South Seas, the day before he was massacred. [Together with] The Massacre of the Lamented Missionary, the Rev. J. Williams, and Mr. Harris
The Reception of the Rev. J. Williams at Tanna, in the South Seas, the day before he was massacred. [Together with] The Massacre of the Lamented Missionary, the Rev. J. Williams, and Mr. Harris
The Reception of the Rev. J. Williams at Tanna, in the South Seas, the day before he was massacred. [Together with] The Massacre of the Lamented Missionary, the Rev. J. Williams, and Mr. Harris

The Reception of the Rev. J. Williams at Tanna, in the South Seas, the day before he was massacred. [Together with] The Massacre of the Lamented Missionary, the Rev. J. Williams, and Mr. Harris

London, George Baxter, 1841.

Two original Baxter-process colour prints, behind window mats (obscuring the original titled mounts, if present; visible image sizes respectively 200 × 304 mm and 209 × 309 mm); both items are behind glass in matching antique-style wooden frames (external dimensions approximately 500 × 575 mm and 505 × 585 mm).

A couple of tiny spots to the upper portion of the 'Massacre' print; colours perhaps a trifle faded; essentially in fine condition.

A striking pair of Baxter prints relating to the death of Reverend John Williams, killed and cannibalised on Erromango in the New Hebrides on 20 November 1839. Williams was well known for his missionary work in the Pacific and was a friend of George Baxter, who memorialised his death in these two prints. The two had previously collaborated on Williams' 'A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands' (1839), and Baxter was present at the departure of his ship the 'Camden' on 11 April 1838. Profits from these prints were donated to Williams' family (Courtney T. Lewis: 'George Baxter', page 100-2).

Baxter's patented prints comprised the printing of a key image by means of steel engraving (here printed in blue), and then overprinting coloured oils with wood blocks (sometimes twenty or more).

Lewis 82A and 82B.

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