Sunday, 12 January 2014

STEELINK, Willem

INFORMATION

Willem Steelink, Sr. (1826-1913) was an artistic engraver from Amsterdam. He attended the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) and became known for his illustrative work and his engraving of other (painted) works.

Steelink had already worked for Enschedé on some banknotes, before he was asked to engrave the ornamental frame for the 1898/9 Dutch high value definitives, after Rudolf Stang had told printers Enschedé he did not have the time to engrave the whole stamp. Stang would eventually only engrave the portrait.

It took a lot of time to get the lettering right. In fact, the stamps, which were supposed to have been issued on 6 September 1898, that being Coronation Day, were still not ready. The 1g was rushed out to have at least something new in the post offices that day, but the lettering was still not acceptable to the authorities.

Work continued on the die with the word GULDEN being re-engraved in thicker letters and the phrase 'Koninkrijk der Nederlanden' re-engraved in thinner letters. The figure 1 was also made thinner and placed a little higher. Finally accepted, the high value definitives, including the reworked 1g value, were issued in 1899.

STAMPS BY YEAR

1898
Netherlands, Coronation

1899
Netherlands, Definitives

OTHER WORK:

1878

Great Britain, 'The Last Prayer', published issued in The Art Journal

1879
Netherlands, 10g banknote

1885
Netherlands, 50g banknote

1894
Netherlands, 10g banknote

1900
Netherlands, 10g banknote

REFERENCES:

- Handboek Postwaarden Nederland, issue A9

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