Royal Mail unveils special Christmas stamp

Image on the 88p stamp is taken from a Jacques-Louis David painting in the Bridgeman archive.

On 5th November 2013, Royal Mail released its Christmas stamp collection. This year's designs focuses on the Madonna and Child.

The 88p stamp, depicting a detail from St Roch Praying to the Virgin for an End to the Plague (1780) by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), was sourced from Bridgeman Art Library.

 

 

Stamp Design © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2013
Stamp Design © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2013

 

 

St. Roch Praying to the Virgin for an End to the Plague, 1780 (oil on canvas), Jacques Louis David (1748-1825) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, France
St. Roch Praying to the Virgin for an End to the Plague, 1780 (oil on canvas), Jacques Louis David (1748-1825) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, France

 

 

Madonna and Child Theme

In this image, Jacques-Louis David portrays the Virgin Mary as protector and intercessor. St. Roch, the patron saint of plague-sufferers, appeals direcly to the Virgin, who intercedes with her son. 

David was a French historical painter working in the Neo-Classical style. He is most famous for his portrait of Napoleon crossing the Alps (1800-01) and the death of French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat (1793).

 

More Royal Mail and Bridgeman images in action

Read about Joseph Clayton Clarke's illustrations on a special collection of Charles Dickens stamps. 


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