Published on November 7th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Christmas Stamps 2017: Two Themes
Today, the Christmas Stamps for 2017 go on sale. This year’s issue features a traditional “Madonna & Child” theme and the winning entries from the Royal Mail’s Children’s Design competition.
Traditionally the design of the Christmas stamps alternates each year between a secular and non-secular theme each year. However, this year both themes are included in a Christmas Stamps 2017 issue that comprises of the eight stamp Madonna and Child selection and the four value set showcasing the winning pictures from the Royal Mail’s Children’s Design competition.
Madonna & Child Christmas Stamps 2017
The Madonna and Child issue contains eight stamps. It features details from these paintings:
- Virgin and Child – attributed to Gerard David
- The Madonna and Child – by William Dyce
- Mary and Child – attributed to Quinten Massys
- The Small Chapter Madonna – by Raphael
- The Sleep of the Infant Jesus – by Giovanni Battista Sassoferrato
- Saint Luke Painting the Virgin – by Eduard Jakob von Steinle
For collectors, there is also the Christmas 2017 Presentation Pack. This pack includes two separate cards, the first with the eight pristine Madonna and Child stamps enclosed. It also contains an insight into the depiction of the Madonna and Child from early Christianity through to the latter part of the Middle Ages, written by Dr. Beth Williamson of the University of Bristol.
Royal Mail’s Children’s Design Competition
For the fourth time, children have designed the Christmas stamps for the Royal Mail. The very first Christmas stamps launched in 1966 featured designs by children, including the memorable brightly coloured drawing of King Wenceslas, by Tasveer Shemza. Competitions have taken place again in 1981, 2013 and this year 2017.
The theme for this year’s competition was what Christmas means to children. There were over 200,000 entries into this year’s competition which comprised of two categories, the 4-7 and 8 -11 age groups. High Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was the chief competition judge and chose the two winning pictures.
The “Santa Claus on his Sleigh on a Starry Night” is by Ted Lewis-Clark, aged ten. His design is features on the Christmas 2017 First Class and Christmas 2017 First Class Large stamps. It shows Father Christmas zooming through the starry night sky with his trusted Rudolf pulling his sleigh.
Meanwhile, the “Snow Family” by Arwen Wilson aged nine is shown on the Christmas 2017 Second Class and Christmas 2017 Second Class Large stamps. This snow family are depicted smiling and holding a Christmas present, a Christmas pudding, a snowball and a snow baby.
A special postmark will be added to mail delivered from 7th November to 14th November 2017. The postmark will read “Ted Lewis-Clark/Arwen Wilson – Winner of the Royal Mail’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition”.