Sunday, 27 November 2011

British Art on Sunday Stamps

The earliest stamp in my collection is one of a set of three British Paintings issued on 10th July 1967.
Red Boy - Sir Thomas Lawrence
This painting is often paired with Gainsborough's famous Blue Boy. The Red Boy, actual title 'Master Lambton', is a portrait of the eldest son of Lord Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham.

The next two stamps are from a set of four on British Paintings issued on 12th August 1968.
Elizabeth I - Unknown artist
The Hay Wain - Constable
Interestingly this stamp is first example of a dog on a British stamp. You need very good eyes to see it on here. The oil painting (copy) on my lounge wall shows it clearly. [I'll put up a photo for you to see later]. The dog is in the middle foreground on the edge of the water.

My next stamp is one of a set of four issued on 19th February 1975 to commemorate the bicentenary of J M W Turner's birth.
Peace - Burial at Sea; JMW Turner
Finally I found this first day cover at the stamp stall in the local market for 50p.
Artists - 24 Sir Henry Moore; 28 Edward Bawden; 
33 Stanley Spencer; 39 Ben Nicholson

You can visit other artistic interpretations at Viridian's Sunday Stamps 46


VioletSky said...

As much as I appreciate Constable and Turner, their works don't show up so well on a stamp.

Bob Scotney said...
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Lisa B said...

I wondered if we'd overlap on any GB stamps this week and we do on Master Lambton, so I presume you don't have the high value Lowry from that set either. It's a shame that the cancellations are sometimes so messy that they obscure the art of the stamp. The higher values do seem the 'nicest' ones in each set.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I have to agree with VioletSky. I have quite a few mint older stamps which I use for postcards to people who like stamps. I never rush to use the Turner stamps because I don't think they're very effective. On the other hand, I do love his paintings.

Bob Scotney said...

I agree with you all about the Turner stamps. On Constable - it might be better if there was no postmark.
Apart from the first day cover I only have the stamps I've shown from the other set.
The Constable stamp colours seem darker than on the paintings (copies) I've seen.

Joy said...

Interesting to see how some art works on stamps and others not so well. Maybe it is something to do with colour. Not seen the 20th century ones before, nice.

Postcardy said...

Your stamps seem a bit blurry this week. They look like they were enlarged after scanning.

viridian said...

The modern artists make a nice set, all together. Thanks for participating.

Ana said...

tried but couldnt spot the dog :)
However, the stamps are great and I dont think ive seen them before except for Elizabeth maybe. It is always nice to see British stamps which are not the standard ones of the Queen i usually get :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. I think it's great that artists have been used on stamps - you can spot the dog The Hay Wain as depicted in Wikipedia.

Interesting to see .. thanks - Hilary

Karen S. said...

Bob your endless collection of such wonderful stamps is priceless...I just enjoy seeing them, learning through them...and you have in this bunch a stamp of our painting! I googled the info on the Hay Wain and am going to tape it to the back of my many (hopefully many, many, years from now anyone will read it and not discard it to readily!


If I may,
might I suggest you go to your scanner's settings and increment the resolution? Such tiny things need more pixels per inch for better effect.

I love Moore's work!!
Big fan of his sculptures.