Christmas 2017 | Stuart Mini Sheet FDC

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Issue Date: 7th November 2017

Description:

The Mother and Child composition is one of the earliest types of Christian image to be depicted, with examples being found in the catacombs in Rome where early Christians buried their dead. Royal Mail has selected a number of these compositions from around the world to appear as a set of Special Stamps, focusing on those originating from the 13th century that adopted a more intimate depiction of the Mother and Child, which became very popular in the later Middle Ages. These images showed Christ and his mother in close physical contact, turning towards each other, making eye contact, or with Christ in a naturalistic pose asleep in his mother’s arms.

Stamps:

  • Second Class – Virgin and Child (detail) attributed to Gerard David © Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain/ Bridgeman Images.
  • Second Class Large – Virgin and Child attributed to Gerard David © Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain/ Bridgeman Images.
  • First Class – The Madonna and Child (detail) by William Dyce, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.
  • First Class Large – Madonna and Child (detail) by William Dyce, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.
  • £1.17 – Virgin Mary with Child (detail) attributed to Quinten Massys, Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain © Erich Lessing.
  • £1.40 – The Small Cowper Madonna (detail) by Raphael © National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA/Bridgeman Images.
  • £1.57 – The Sleep of the Infant Jesus (detail) by Giovanni Battista Sassoferrato, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France © Erich Lessing.
  • £2.27 – Saint Luke Painting the Virgin (detail) by Eduard Jakob von Steinle, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.

Postmark:

Star, Winscome | London SW1 | Peacehaven, Lewes | Canterbury

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Star, Winscome , London SW1, Peacehaven, Lewes, Canterbury, Winterhill, Milton Keynes

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