The Queen's Portrait

I have just uploaded a short biography of the engraver Nigel Alan Dow. As you will read for yourselves, the portraits of Queen Elizabeth II are pivotal in his story. And they include many of the stamps which collectors of British Commonwealth (and others) will recognise immediately. And they're all stunningly beautiful!

Dow engraved the Wilding portrait on the 1953 New Zealand definitives. Isn't it gorgeous?

And what about the Annigoni portait on Fiji's definitives of 1956? Equally beautiful!

Maybe slightly less known but yet another fantastic engraving is the 1963 Cook Islands definitive.

For a man who is famously quoted as having said he never really engraved a satisfactory portrait of The Queen, he has left us quite some evidence to the contrary.



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