How Royal Mail’s Waterloo stamps were designed

 

Silk Pearce and Webb & Webb have designed a set of ten stamps which depict key battle moments in Waterloo through 19th Century paintings and original paintings.

Waterloo Scots Greys stamp

Consultancies Silk Pearce and Webb & Webb have designed a set of ten stamps for Royal Mail, which commemorate the 200-year anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo.

Six stamps designed by Silk Pearce feature 19th-century paintings focusing on key moments of the battle, which was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815, exactly 200 years ago today.

Silk Pearce co-founder Peter Silk says: “We were asked to explore six key areas of the battle by Royal Mail which could be presented chronologically. I suggested they should all be 19th-century paintings and they went for that. It gives it a period feel and they’re also accurate, with an almost journalistic feel.”

Silk Pearce asked the Royal Mail to use a long landscape format – which it rarely uses – “to help express scale”, according to Pearce who says, “For the description we’ve used the single word Waterloo and gone for a bold condensed type, which has a broadsheet feel.”

Silk Pearce has also designed a first-day cover presentation pack, filler-card and hand-stamp.

Webb & Webb has designed the four miniature sheet stamps, which feature original commissions painted in oil by military artist Chris Collingwood.

Consultancy partner James Webb says: “Each painting is about a 1m high and has been photographed, reduced and then the foreground soldier has been separated from the background and the background has been faded.”

Webb & Webb has also designed a “Prestige Stamp Book” written by military historian an author Ian Fletcher.

Work by Silk Pearce:

Waterloo Prussions stampWaterloo King's German Legion stampWaterloo Hougoumont stampWaterloo French Imperial Guard stampWaterloo French Cavalry's stamp

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Work by Webb & Webb:

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