Monday, March 7, 2016

Anton Stefanov Mitov

[Bulgaria] (b 1862/d 1930)

"When he was fifteen, Ottoman troops burned his hometown (..) and his family fled to Svishtov, where they lived in poverty... He took a job as a clerk in Romania and remained there until Bulgaria was liberated in 1878, returning home determined to be an artist. In 1881, after working as a telegraph operator for two years, he saved enough money to enroll at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze where he studied under the direction of Giuseppe Ciaranfi. Upon his return home, he worked as a journalist and a teacher in Stara Zagoda, Plovdiv, Varna and Sofia. ..In 1896, he was one of the co-founders of the National Academy of Arts
in Sofia, where he taught art history, drawing and perspective. He served two terms as its Director, from 1912 to 1918, and from 1924 to 1927. (..) One of the first Bulgarian painters to exhibit internationally (..), Mitov was also active in the nation's political and cultural life, making contributions to many newspapers.. (..) He also lectured extensively and did book illustrations ...


Bulgaria 1911 "Tsar Ferdinand Portraits and Bulgarian Landscapes" (12,12,4) [Des (G. Estavien)][Engr (Bradbury Wilkinson,London)][Recess (PGW,Rome)] Sc(91,94,98,99)

Bulgaria 1921/1923 "Various Designs" (13,8,1) [Engr (Bradbury Wilkinson & Co,london)][Recess (Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. , London)] Sc(161,162) [ image credit of Stampworld ] [the two stamps of 50st (Orange and Deep Blue) are redrawn's of the 3st of 1911]

[ in my catalogs the stamps designed by Anton Mitov and G. Estavien ( in the 1911 series) are not specified, but after a closer look to several scans of the stamps,I concluded that only 4 of them were work of Anton Mitov... it is easy, after we find his signature in the stamps (G. Estavien also signed his designs...) ; we must find this signature mark in the stamps

it is very clear that there is an A over an M from Anton Mitov..]

No comments:

Post a Comment