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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brockway, Harry, born 1958 (artist)
    Royal Mail Group Ltd (commissioned by)
    Walsall Security Printers Ltd. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colur offset lithograph from a wood engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Harry Brockway and the Royal Mail

  • Museum number:

    E.710-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 68, box G

Wood engraving is also used today for small scale work, where clarity of design is paramount. Since the mid 1960s the Royal Mail has issued special decorated stamps. Wood engraving is particularly suited to stamp book covers which need to have a matt surface because of the mechanism of the vending machine. Matt board is however absorbent and therefore a strong design is needed. Harry Brockway's proofs demonstrate his use of the reduction method in order to print in two colours.

Physical description

Book of stamps for Royal Mail, a series depicting 20th century Prime Ministers, this one Herbert Asquith and first in the series. A suffragette procession is depicted in the background. Lettered with the title, image printed in brown.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1993 (made)

Artist/maker

Brockway, Harry, born 1958 (artist)
Royal Mail Group Ltd (commissioned by)
Walsall Security Printers Ltd. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Colur offset lithograph from a wood engraving on paper

Dimensions

Height: 4 cm unfolded, Width: 10.7 cm unfolded

Object history note

Acquired in connection with the display A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, V&A, 10 October 1994 - 26 March 1995.
R.P. No. 94/1940

Descriptive line

Book of stamps for Royal Mail, a series depicting 20th century Prime Ministers, colour offset lithograph after wood engraving by Harry Brockway; British, 1993.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, 10 Oct 1994 - 26 Mar 1995

Labels and date

...

Harry BROCKWAY (born 1958)

Series of 20th century prime ministers
Books of stamps and proofs for Royal Mail. 1991
Colour offset lithograph after wood engraving
E.710-714-1994
Given by Harry Brockway and Royal Mail

Wood engraving is also used today for small scale work, where
clarity of design is paramount. Since the mid 1960s the Royal Mail
has issued special, decorated stamps. The artwork for Yvonne
Skargon's Roses shows how allowance was made in the engraving
for its photomechanical reproduction. Colour separations were used
for the colour. Wood engraving is particularly suited to stamp book
covers which need to have a matt surface because of the mechanism
of the vending machine. Matt board is however absorbent and
therefore a strong design is needed. Harry Brockway's proofs
demonstrate his use of the reduction method in order to print
in two colours. [1994]

Production Note

Original cataloguer's note says 1991 however one proof is signed '93

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Subjects depicted

Banners; Postage stamps; Suffragettes

Categories

Prints; Illustration; Images Online; Labels & packaging

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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