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Saltaire, West Yorkshire, is a complete and well-preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century. Its textile mills, public buildings and workers’ housing are built in a harmonious style of high architectural standards and the urban plan survives intact, giving a vivid impression of Victorian philanthropic paternalism.
Great Britain 1999. The Millennium Series. Saltaire. Gutter Pair of 26p. Painting by the British Pop Art Artist David Hockney.
Great Britain 2006. Commercially used cover partly franked with the Hockney-stamp, from England to Denmark.
In its News Release dated 22nd March 1999, Royal Mail informs, that
Cloth from English looms rapidly achieved an international reputation, and in the 14th and 15th centuries, England was a leading manufacturer and exporter of cloth, with the West Country, East Anglia and Yorkshire, the principal cloth-making areas. [...]
Peter Collingwood's design was inspired by the importance played by the wool trade to the prosperity of Britain over the centuries.
The renowned David Hockney, one of Britain's most famous artists [pop art], who achieved fame in the 1960s with such paintings as "Bigger Splash", has his work "Mill Towns" reproduced for stamp number 31.
The Bradford-born artist, now resident in Los Angeles, painted a striking and colourful image of Salts Mill in Saltaire, near Bradford, which is today home to a major collection of his work.
Many thanks to Mr. Gerry Fisk (Great Britain) for all help and research.
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Revised 19 jul 2006