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Great Britons stamps, from Together Design

Together Design has designed a series of Great Britons stamps for Royal Mail, celebrating some of Britain’s most famous names.

Great Britons stamps full set.

The full set of stamps

The series of ten first-class stamps feature famous Britons from fields including politics, stamps, sport, music, the arts and journalism whose significant birth anniversaries fall this year.

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

Together Design started work on the project around this time last year. It previously created Royal Mail’s Eminent Britons stamp series in 2009.

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh

Among the names are actress Vivien Leigh, First World War Prime Minister David Lloyd George, composer Benjamin Britten and Liverpool football manager Bill Shankly.

David Lloyd-George

David Lloyd-George

The consultancy used archive portrait photographs for each of the Britons, before creating backgrounds relevant to key points in their career using illustration, collage or other photographs.

Norman Parkinson

Norman Parkinson

Katja Thielen, creative director at Together Design, says, ‘This is a real 20th Century piece in the colours and feel, and it’s also very British. All the photography came from different sources so we had to create consistent colourways to make them a set.

‘The portraits had to work together, with the eye-line at the same height and with eye contact to make them engaging. We needed that consistency’.

Elizabeth David

Elizabeth David

She adds, ‘We had to pace the backgrounds right to make them look vibrant and interesting’.

John Archer

John Archer

Writer and journalist Nigel Fountain has written the accompanying presentation pack, which provides an overview of the lives of the Great Britons featured on the stamps.

Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, says, ‘We are delighted to be honouring some of the UK’s most distinguished figures in history through our latest Special Stamp collection.

‘We hope the stamps will serve as a lasting tribute to their memory and once again encourage people to remember their significant contribution to our Great British way of life’.

Mary Leaky

Mary Leaky

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