Royal Mail unveils Christmas stamp designs

Royal Mail has unveiled the designs for this year’s Christmas Stamp set, which feature five Madonna and Child images.

Christmas 2013  first class large stamp
Christmas 2013 first class large stamp

Designed by Robert Maude and Sarah Davies, the stamps show details from five different Madonna and Child scenes including the Early Renaissance, High Renaissance, Neoclassical, French Academic (19th century) and Neo-Coptic styles.

The stamps will launch alongside a presentation pack, also designed by Maude and Davies.

Christmas 2013 second class stamp
Christmas 2013 second class stamp

The stamps are to be sold in seven values, with the first class stamps showing a High Renaissance style image from around 1520 by Francesco Granacci, with the Virgin Mary in red and blue traditional garments. The baby Jesus holds a bird.

Christmas 2013 88p stamp
Christmas 2013 88p stamp

The second class stamp features Antoniazzo Romano’s Virgin and Child with the young St John the Baptist, from around 1460-80; while the 88p stamp uses an image from 1780 byJacques-Louis David, titled St Roch Praying to the Virgin for an End to the Plague and painted in the Neoclassical style.

Christmas 2013 £1.28 stamp
Christmas 2013 £1.28 stamp

The £1.28 and £1.88 stamps show William- Adolphe Bouguereau’s 1899 In La Vierge au Lys and In Theotokos, Mother of God by Fadi Mikhail respectively.

Christmas 2013 £1.88 stamp
Christmas 2013 £1.88 stamp

Mikhil created his Neo–Coptic image especially for the special issue stamp.

Maude and Davies have previously designed Royal Mail stamp sets including the A-Z collection and the British Auto Legends series, which they worked on with Why Not Associates.

Christmas presentation pack closed
Christmas presentation pack closed

The Christmas stamps will be on sale from 5 November.

Christmas Stamps range
Christmas Stamps range

The Royal Mail releases stamps along the story of Nativity and a festive theme in alternate years. Last year’s stamps, designed by Webb & Webb, featured the work of Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

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  • Eva abdulla November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Excellent idea, about time the uk did something to declare that it is a christian country. I am not saying discriminate other religions but we as a country should be proud of our belief and announce it to the world. The best news i have heard this year. Looking forward to it.
    Thank you

  • Nermyne November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I love it. Christmas is the birth of Jesus, we should not ignore it. Well done.

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