Guernsey post issued a set of six stamps as a part of SEPAC 2015, featuring paintings from a variety of artists of Guernsey.
The theme for SEPAC 2015 is “Culture” and all the member countries will be issuing the stamps showing the culture of their country.
The paintings featured on stamps are views of the bay and beach of Moulin Huet, La Moye Harbour-Le Gouffre, Cradle Rock & Pea Stacks, La Saignee-Sark and Grand Rocques Old Fort.
The images featured on stamps are selected from Guernsey Museums & Galleries and the National Gallery.
Artists of Guernsey
The stamp set shows two very different paintings of Moulin Huet Bay – one by Renoir and one by Naftel.
The French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent a month in Guernsey in the late summer of 1883.
During this time he created about fifteen pictures, all showing views of the bay and beach of Moulin Huet, located at the east end of the island’s rocky south coast.
Paul Jacob Naftel is amongst Guernsey’s greatest painter, Naftel began life in the family tradition of clock making but turned to painting, becoming a drawing master to the wealthy ladies of the island.
His first important watercolour was of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert landing at St Pierre, which is dated 24th August 1846.
Peter Le Lievre (1812 – 1878) was a Guernsey Artist, known in his day as a businessman, and as the Lt Col of the Artillery Regiment in the Guernsey Militia.
William Caparne was a horticulturist and a painter of floral and other subjects.
The art world saw a renewed interest in Caparne’s paintings in the 1990s, and his works gained increased admiration and value.
In 1883, the painter William Arthur Toplis took a fortnight’s holiday in Sark and was so captivated by the Island that he sent for his possessions and spent the rest of his life there.
For the remaining fifty-nine years of his life he set about with single minded determination to record every part of Sark’s forty-mile coastline.
Title: SEPAC 2015 Artists of Guernsey
Date of Issue: 22 July 2015
Denominations: 42p, 56p, 57p, 62p, 68p, 77p
Source: Guernsey Post
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