G P Baker was born in Turkey in 1856. The large family grew up in Turkey, where GP (George Percival) Baker had an unconventional eduction. He returned to England in 1866 where he took over the direction of both family and business. Both flourished under his leadership. The company is indeed still known for producing high quality chintzes and furnishing fabrics to this day.
G P and J Baker generously gave their collection of printed textiles to the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1950. The gift included many of the foremost examples of early chintzes, which are now known world-wide. See Plate 19, for example, which illustrates the superb chintz gown now in the museum collection under IS.18-1950.
This present lot includes Plates 1-28, and 30-36 only.