Item NMC/1827 - Sheet of postage stamps of the Mackintosh Building

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Sheet of postage stamps of the Mackintosh Building


  • 1990 (Creation)

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Sheet of 100 x 20p stamps featuring an image of the Mackintosh Building produced to commemorate Glasgow 1990, European City of Culture, designed by Paul Hogarth RDI.  (Stamp designs Copyright Royal Mail)

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Paul Hogarth was a painter, printmaker, illustrator and teacher. Born in 1917 in Kendal, Westmorland. Studied at the Manchester School of Art, St Martin's School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, where he obtained a doctorate. During WWII he worked for the Ministry of Information and afterwards travelled extensively writing and illustrating several books, including: 'Looking at China', 1955; 'Majorca Observed' (with Robert Graves), 1965; 'Drawing Architecture', 1973; 'The Mediterranean Shore' (with Lawrence Durell); 1988. His early work was of a left-wing nature and he was associated with the Artists' Internatuional Association. He was senior tutor of drawing at Cambridge School of Art 1959-61 and from 1964-71, senior tutor in the faculty of graphic design at the RCA. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1974 and RA in 1984. He was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 1979 and awarded an OBE in 1989. He had a retrospective exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 1985; a touring exhibition 'Cold War Reports 1947-67', initially at the Norfolk Institute of Art, in 1990 and a further retrospective at Fosse Gallery, Stowe -on-the-Wold in 1998. His autobiography, 'Drawing on Life' was published in 1997. He settled at the National Trust's Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire, moving to Cirencester shortly before his death on 27 December 2001. His work is held by many public galleries abroad and in Britain, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the grahic art faculty at the RCA, 1964-71.

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Harrison and Sons Limited was a major worldwide engraver and printer of postage stamps and banknotes.The company was established in 1750 by Thomas Harrison; in 1839 Thomas Richard Harrison entered into partnership with John William Parker, creating Harrison and Co. It went through similar names and retained a link with the Harrison family until 1979 when Richard Harrison left the company.It obtained its first Post Office contract in 1881. The company won the contract to print the single colour United Kingdom Edward VII stamps in 1911 after the Post Office decided not to renew its contract with De La Rue. Initially, using printing machines manufactured by Timsons of Kettering it went on to produce most of the British stamps over the 60-year period from the 1930s until the 1990s, including the first UK stamp using the photogravure method in 1934 and the first photogravure commemoratives in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee of King George V. The first UK Christmas issue in 1966, on the specially designed Jumelle press, was also printed at Harrison and Sons. They printed their last British commemorative issue, referred to as ‘Queen’s Beasts’ issue, in 1998. The stamps actually being printed one year before they were issued to the public.The company (abbreviation H&S) also printed stamps, banknotes, passports and gift vouchers for over 100 other countries from 1881 until 1997 when it was acquired by De La Rue security printers. Some of its most famous publications were The London Gazette and Burke's Peerage.In addition to union related issues at Harrisons, rumours suggested that the sale was also prompted by the steady inroads being made by Harrisons into De La Rue's banknote bus

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A postal service and courier company in the United Kingdom, originally established in 1516. The company's subsidiary, Royal Mail Group Limited, operates the brands Royal Mail (letters) and Parcelforce Worldwide (parcels). General Logistics Systems, an international logistics company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Mail Group.The company provides mail collection and delivery services throughout the UK. Letters are deposited in a pillar or wall box, taken to a post office, or collected in bulk from businesses. Deliveries are made at least once every day except Sundays and bank holidays at uniform charges for all UK destinations. Royal Mail generally aims to make first class deliveries the next business day throughout the nation.

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Ink on gummed paper

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