at the E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University

THE LE BLOND OVALS
Abraham Le Blond of Le Blond & Co. became the first Baxter licensee in 1849. From 1850 until about 1867 the firm produced large quantities of prints using the Baxter Process. They also produced many small prints which were used for pocketbook illustrations. Le Blond produced just over 100 prints using the Baxter Process as well as some reproductions of Baxter's originals which have become known as 'Le Blond-Baxters'. In 1868, a year after George Baxter’s death, Le Blond acquired 66 sets of Baxter's original plates and blocks and republished those subjects. These Le Blond-Baxters were more cheaply produced than the original Baxters and generally are not of such high quality. Abraham Le Blond is best known, however, for his set of 32 oval prints which are of an extremely high quality.

These 4 prints are part of a charming set of thirty-two pictures, all of the same size, produced by Le Blond & Co. The prints were not cut out and placed on a mount, but were printed directly on to the mount. They present a nostalgic picture of rural village life in England in the early part of the nineteenth century. Nearly every one of them shows us some pet of the house - feline, canine, or human. There is no acknowledgment of them being taken from any artists' pictures.










THE BURNING GLASS

THE BURNING GLASS

This scene shows a rural scene where a boy demonstrates the power of the sun's rays by means of a magnifying glass focused on the hand of another boy.


THE BURNING GLASS
THE BLACKBERRY GATHERERS
THE PEDLER
THE SWING