Oil-on-canvas, signed lower right
Painting: 24” x 20”
Frame: 36” x 32”
Baxter was born in London the son of a bookclasp maker and started his career apprenticed to a bookbinder. He soon gave that up in favor of life as a professional portrait and miniature artist. In 1834 he began studying with portrait artist George Clint and later that year exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time.
Baxter was known as a painter of charmingly pretty girls. , capturing a sweet gentleness. Female beauty was much prized in the 19th century and many such “portraits” were not exact depictions of a particular young woman, but more an homage to feminine beauty in its own right.
Baxter was elected to the Society of British Artists in 1842. He continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy until 1872 and also exhibited extensively at the Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street. A studio sale of his work was held at Christies in March 1879.