Jersey Lilies – 1986

Jersey Lilies – 1986

The Jersey or Belladonna Lily (Amarylilis belladonna) has been adopted as the symbol for Jersey Flower Gala held between 10-15 Jun 1986. This is flower of South African Origin  which is well suited for Jersey’s climate.

Another famous Jersey is the charming portrait of Lillie Langtry by John Everett Millais.

Emilie Charlotte Langtry (1853-1929) was a well known personality of Jersey.

A Miniature sheet on Jersey Lilly the Flower and Portrait Lillie Langtry was issued on 28 Jan 1986.

FLO JERSEY
JERSEY LILIES -STAMPS OF JERSEY 1986

Stamps on Indian Themes by Foreign Countries – Shah Jahan on Irish Stamps.

On January 19th, 1968 Sir Alfred Chester Beatty died at the age of 92 in Monaco. This American-born, British knight of the realm became the first private citizen in Ireland to be given a state funeral.

The honour was bestowed on Beatty as a result of the collection he bequeathed to the nation.

It includes the first surviving copies of all four Gospels and the earliest Koran by one of Islam’s greatest calligraphers. It is among the most significant collections of its kind in the world.

His collections of early papyrus for the bibles has been invaluable in determining how the New Testament, as we understand today, came together.

As a result, Chester Beatty set up his library initially in Shrewsbury road before it was relocated to the grounds of Dublin Castle in 2000.

The occasion of the 50th anniversary of Beatty’s death was marked with the unveiling of four new stamps featuring highlights from different aspects of the collection.

The first representing the East Asian collection was a privately commissioned Japanese woodblock print from the 19th century. The second was a portrait of Shah Jahan, ruler of India from 1627 to 1658, who is best known for having built the The Taj Mahal  It is heading to the Getty Museum in New York on loan.

The third from their Western collection was a masterpiece of miniaturization. Simon Bening’s The Birth of the Virgin from 1530 was inserted into a prayer book commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.  The fourth stamp is a picture of Chester Beatty aged in his mid-thirties taken in 1911.

The collection of stamps was launched by Josepha Madigan Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  .

The minister said the “beautifully designed” commemorative stamps were a fitting tribute to Chester Beatty and also to the fact that his passion for collecting began when he started collecting stamps as a child.

IRELAND SHAH JAHAN
STAMPS ON SHAH JAHAN BY IRELAND 2018

Three Girls by Amrita Sher-Gil

Three Girls by Amrita Sher-Gil

Three Girls was painted by Amrita Sher-Gil .It was the first Painting after her return from Europe following her art studies in Paris. She first studied at Grande Chaumiere with Pierre Valliant and later at Ecole des Beaux-Arts (1930-34).

This painting won her a Gold Medal from the Bombay Art Society in 1937. The award launched Amrita who was later to be celebrated as the first lady of the Indian canvas and influence generations of Modern painters in India.A change in her visual language is observed when compared to that of her paintings done in Europe. The influence of Gaugin in the flattened treatment of figures is noteworthy.The use of red becomes predominant in her work thereafter.

In a coffee table book “A Life Well Lived” ,celebrating family traditions, by Karanvir Singh Sibia he mentions about the three sisters who had modelled for the iconic paintings  and shows a photograph of the sisters with Amrita. He mentions that his mother and her two sisters were the models for this work. Amrita met them during her visit to her grandparents and she was so fascinated by the charm and innocence of her Punjabi nieces that she decided to paint them. This painting was done in March 1935 in the tennis court of Majithia House in Amritsar  with repeated sittings over two to three weeks.

A Special Cover was issued in Delhi on 31 Jan 2013 to mark the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Amrita Sher-Gil .The cover illustrates “The Three Girls” painting.

AMRITA SHER GIL
THREE GIRLS PAINTING BY AMRITA SHER-GIL- SPECIAL COVER 2013.

 

Plastic Stamps of Bhutan on Paintings – Airmails 1972

Plastic Stamps of Bhutan on PaintingsAirmails 1972

Bhutan Post issued a set of Four Plastic stamps on 28 Feb 1972 on Paintings. Two of the stamps postally used on envelopes are listed below.

BHUTAN AIRMAIL1
PLASTIC STAMPS OF BHUTAN USED POSTALLY
BHUTAN AIRMAIL2
PLASTIC STAMPS OF BHUTAN USED POSTALLY