Sunday, 19 January 2014

Pet dogs



By great coincidence I bought this set of PHQ stamp cards just a few days ago.  Although they are titled "Dogs" as a series, they are all oil paintings by George Stubbs, an 18th century English (Liverpool) artist probably better known for his paintings of horses.  The stamps were issued in 1991.

Early last year two of his non-horse paintings, one of a kangaroo and another of a dingo, were "saved for the nation" after they had been sold to a buyer outside the UK.  Donations and lottery funding resulted in enough funding to allow them to remain in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.  Stubbs didn't visit Australia, then known as New Holland, but created his paintings from sketches made on Captain Cook's expedition on HMS Endeavour.

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13 comments:

  1. Coincidences all round as I bought this set during the week. That rough dog looks a brute.

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  2. dogs rule today ;) there are so many types and breeds, i find it hard to keep track..!

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  3. Looks like the coincidence machine has made Stubbs a sub-theme this week! He did paint marvelously alive animals. Love that very woolly collie.

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  5. ...and I saw Viridian posted something from this issue too! Great coincidence indeed. :)

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  6. This week I'm reading a lot about Australia, so I have appreciate your story! Fine paintings, by the way.

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  7. That is a set of cards I would like.

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  8. I hadn't seen these two values of the set before, very nice. I hadn't heard of 'saved for the nation' or how it worked, until it came up in the news in connection with Jane Austen's ring, I think since then I heard about the Stubb's paintings. Good that they have all been saved, now if only the same could have been done with Cadburys.

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  9. Love the Black and White (Fino) how beautiful.

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  10. More Stubbs -- always a good thing. thank you for joining in this week.

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  11. And to think I'd never heard of Stubbs until now...

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  12. some more Stubbs' stamps...have learned quite a deal about him this Sunday/Monday :)

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  13. Beautifully painted. And interesting information, I didn't know Stubbs before, thank you for sharing!

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