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On 18th July, 2006, Royal Mail has issued a set of 10 stamps and
a card series, featuring portraits from the National Portrait Gallery in London.
I was delighted when I received an unexpected letter on 24th July, 2006, from a British friend, who had sent me 10 maximum-cards from this
series. The cards are shown below as "large thumbnails".
The National Portrait Gallery was established in 1856 after 10
years of effort by the 5th Earl Stanhope. and his supporters, including Thomas
Babington Macaulay (1800-1859) and Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). Stanhope first
introduced the idea to the House of Commons in 1846; he tried again in 1852 and
after he took his seat in the House of Lords he tried for a third time in 1856.
The Gallery was established with the criteria that it was to
be about history, not about art, and about the status of the sitter, rather than
the quality or character of a particular image considered as a work of art. As
the guardian of more than 9,000 portraits of famous men and women and boasting a
phenomenal archive, library and information technology gallery, the NPG rules
the roost as a pictorial Who’s Who of British history.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), painted
1927 by Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942). Oil on Canvas 457 mm x 205
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). Fragment of
a self-portrait, painted c. 1747-1749. Oil on canvas (635 mm x 743
Thomas Stearns Eliot, British poet,
(1888-1965). Large fragment of a painting created c. 1949 by Patrick Heron
(1920-1999). Oil on canvas, 762 mm x 629 mm).
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1929), militant
suffragette and the leader of the militant movement for women's suffrage.
Large fragment of a painting created 1927 by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury
(1866-1949). Oil on canvas (787 mm x 616 mm).
Virginia Woolf (née Stephen 1864-1938).
Photographed 1902 by George Charles Beresford (1864-1938). Platinum print.
152 mm x 108 mm).
Sir Walter Scott, novelist and poet
(1771-1832), sculpted 1841 by Sir Francis Leggatt Changrey (1781-1841).
Marble bust, 762 mm high.
Mary Seacole (née Grant 1805-1881). Jamaican
nurse, adventurer and writer. Painting created 1896 by Albert Charles
Challen (1847-1881). Oil on canvas, 240 mm x 180 mm). Private property lent
to the National Portrait Gallery.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), dramatist
and poet. Painted by John Taylor (died 1651), c. 1610. Oil on canvas,
552 mm x 438 mm). Shakespeare being the most celebrated English playwright
and poet, and one of the great writers of all time, he was highly esteemed
during his life.
Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders (1918-2005),
founder of the Hospice Movement. Painting by Catherine Goodman (1961 - ),
created 2005. Oil on canvas, 912 x 707 mm).
Charles Darwin (1809-1882), naturalist and
originator of the Theory of Evolution. Fragment of a painting created c.
1881-1883 by John Collier (1850-1934). Oil on canvas, 1257 mm x 965
The images are scanned in 200
dpi, and any visitor
is welcome to download the images. They will appear full size in the chosen
folder. Each image will take around 350 kb. All 10 stamps are 1st rate. The maximum-cards are ordinary
postcard-size. The cards were sent in a cover franked with 18 1st rate
stamps, and one 2nd rate stamp.
Images copyright Royal Mail 2006.