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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Skargon, Yvonne (artist)
    Royal Mail Group Ltd (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.669-1994

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

22p stamp, part of a Royal Mail gift book, showing a representation of the pink Rosa Silver Jubilee. This stamp, along with four others (E.669:2-6-1994) is loose and displayed on a black paper backing and plastic protective cover; the whole fits into a leaflet designed to fold into an open-ended envelope (E.669:1-1994).

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1991 (made)

Artist/maker

Skargon, Yvonne (artist)
Royal Mail Group Ltd (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

[date of issue and designers' names]
Lettered on back

Dimensions

Height: 11.6 cm backing paper, Width: 21.5 cm backing paper, Height: 3.7 cm stamp with perforations, Width: 3.7 cm stamp with perforations

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

'Rose' stamp, one of five, in a Royal Mail gift book, colour offset lithography from wood engraving by Yvonne Skargon; 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]

Materials

Ink; Paper; Melinex; Glue

Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

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

Categories

Prints; Illustration; Images Online

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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