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Art in the Twentieth Century

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    11/05/1993 (made)
    11/05/1993 (issued)
    1991-1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dastor, Ashted (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour half-tone print, letterpress and colour photogravure

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 13, box D

Physical description

A presentation pack consisting of a sheet of card, folded in three, containing a black paper and cellophane folder holding mint condition stamps which reproduce works or details of works by Edward Bawden, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Stanley Spencer. The sheet of card is illustrated with details of some of the artists' other works, photographic portraits of the artists and is printed with explanatory material, biographies, credits and acknowledgements.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


11/05/1993 (made)
11/05/1993 (issued)
1991-1992 (made)


Dastor, Ashted (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Colour half-tone print, letterpress and colour photogravure


Height: 11.5 cm, Width: 21.6 cm

Descriptive line

Presentation pack and accompanying stamps for Royal Mail First Day Cover 'Art in the 20th Century, designed by Ashted Dastor, colour half-tone, photogravure and letterpress, Great Britain, 1991-1992 designed, 1993 issued

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1996

Labels and date

Ashted Dastor Associates
Preliminary designs for the 'Art in the 20th Century' stamps, presentation pack and first day covers for Royal Mail 1991-1992
Various media including pencil, coloured chalk, pen and ink on tracing paper.

These sheets are from a very large number of designs in the collection showing the steady evolution of ideas for a multi-million pound revenue earning exercise for Royal Mail. Not only the stamps but also the first day covers and the presentation packs have to be submitted to a lengthy and complex refining process of presentation and exchange between designer and client, who is represented by various committees operating under strict rules. []


Paper; Cardboard; Cellophane


Half-tone; Letterpress; Photogravure


Designs; Stationery


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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