Wednesday, August 23, 2017

George Bellew

[Great Britain] (b 1899/d 1993)

 photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1953 (Wikipedia)

"Sir George Rothe Bellew was a long-serving herald at the College of Arms in London. Educated at the University of Oxford, he was appointed Portcullis Pursuivant in 1922. Having been Somerset Herald for 24 years, he was promoted to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms in 1950, the highest heraldic office in England and Wales. He served in that capacity until his resignation in 1961. As Garter, Bellew oversaw the funeral of George VI, proclaimed the late King's daughter, Elizabeth II, as Queen and took a leading role in the organisation of her Coronation in 1953. (...)  "At heart he was a designer, an artist and a perfectionist in all things", remarks his obituary in 'The Times'. (...)

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Great Britain 1939/1948 "King George VI" (6,2,1) [Recess (Waterlow and Sons , London)] Sc(251,251a,275)




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Faustina Iselin

[Switzerland] (b 1915/d 2010)


"at the age of 16 , Faustina Iselin started her studies to became a Graphical Artist in Basel ; in 1936, after achieving her diploma, she travels to Berlin to have classes at the Academy to perfect her graphical Design abilities under the guidance of Ernst Bohm...(..) fleeing from the National Socialism in Germany, Faustina stays for some time in Paul Colin School in Paris, where in 1938 she obtained the 2nd prize for the poster of the Paris International Fair...in 1943 , again in Basel , Faustina started her life as a painter , but doing also illustrations and some additional work for the Basel Puppet Theater.. (..) after the war she did extensive voyages through Europe ...(..) "

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Switzerland 1945 "National Festival" (4,4,1) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(B147)


Switzerland 1946 "National Festival and Fund for the Swiss Citizens living Abroad" (4,4,1) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(B155)


Switzerland 1948 "National Festival and Anti Tuberculosis Fund" (4,4,1) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(B175)


Switzerland 1962 "50th Anniversary of the Pro Juventute Foundation" (5,5,1) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(B320)






Francesco Azzurri

[Italy] (b 1831/d 1901)


"Francesco Azzurri studied Engineering and Architecture at the University of Rome, under San Bartolo and Sereni, ; (..) after , he attended the 'Accademia di San Luca' where he was a student of his own Uncle, Giovanni Azzurri... (...) he traveled extensively during his life , but curiously most of his work was based in his home Town , Rome.. (..)  
He became professor and president of the 'Accademia di San Luca' in Rome and was named Commissioner for the Edification of the Palazzo of Fine Arts in Rome, Municipal Consigliere, and member of the 'Commission Archeologica, Edilizia e degli Archivii' . (..) He was also honored as Knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy, the Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic, and the Order of San Marino.(..)"

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San Marino 1894 "Opening of the Government Palace and installation of Captains Regent" (3,3,3) [Litho (Turin)] Sc(29,...,31) [ image credit of Ebay ]





Friday, August 18, 2017

Gustavo Petronio

[Italy] (b?/d?)

Petronio's Animated Characters (1924)

"Gustavo Petronio was a Graphical Artist and painter but he is mostly known for all his work pioneering the Animated Design in Italy.... (..) during the 20's he owned a Graphical studio in Trieste (his Birth town) where he designed the 3 stamps of the 'Venezia Giulia' Commemoration... (..) Along with Omero Valenti , his business partner , he manage to create 'Sor Arrigo' and his cat, the main characters of a Animated commercial , the first one that brought animated publicity to Italian Cinema (..) the studio produced 4 more of these short films,and the last one was the first to have sound, back in 1930..(..) Petronio's imagination continued through out the years,and until the 50's he created  some more Animated characters ,much more oriented to a children's audience.. "

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Italy 1921 "Union of Venezia Giulia with Italy" (3,1) [Typo (Petiti,Rome)] Sc(130,...,132) [ images credit of StampsItaly ]