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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Skargon, Yvonne (artist)
    Davis, Dick (designer)
    Pouchée, L.J. (designer)
    Royal Mail Group Ltd (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph from a wood engraving in ink on paper, melinex

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Royal Mail gift book for five 'Rose' stamps with lettering after that designed by typefounder L.J. Pouchée (active in about 1820) and illustrations of roses.

The leaflet is designed to fold into an open-ended envelope inside which fits a black display sheet with melinex attached to hold the stamps.

On the back of the leaflet each of the five roses is described in the centre. At the top and bottom are the folds that form the front of the 'envelope' and they comprise a background of petals and the title 'ROSES' in monochrome decorated block typeface, with rose decorations in a wood-engraved style.

The inside of the leaflet features a desription of the symbolic and social meaning of roses surrounded by a decorative border with roses depicted in a number of representational styles, including photographic representations and illustrations of 'embroidered' roses, Tudor Roses, a mug, a fan and a bunch of roses.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1991 (made)


Skargon, Yvonne (artist)
Davis, Dick (designer)
Pouchée, L.J. (designer)
Royal Mail Group Ltd (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph from a wood engraving in ink on paper, melinex


Height: 28.5 cm gift book leaflet/envelope unfolded, Width: 21.5 cm gift book leaftlet/envelope, Height: 11.4 cm gift book leaflet/envelope folded, Height: 11.6 cm display sheet, Width: 21.5 cm display sheet

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.

Descriptive line

Royal Mail gift book for a set of stamps on the theme of roses, leaflet folding into envelope to contain five 'Rose' stamps (numbered E.669:2-6-1994). Colour offset lithography from wood engraving by Yvonne Skargon, designed by Dick Davis, lettering designed by L.J. Pouchée; British, 1991.

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

Yvonne SKARGON (born 1931)

Gift pack of Rose stamps and a proof for Ryal Mail. 1991
Ornamented letters by L.J. Pouchée. c.1820
Colour offset lithograph and wood engraving
E.668, 669-1994
Given by Yvonne Skargon


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

L.J. Pouchée was a type founder active ca. 1820


Ink; Paper; Melinex


Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Postage stamps; Roses; Fan; Mug; Tudor Rose; Bouquet


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