Christmas stamps celebrate stained-glass art

Author: By Martha Linden, Press Association

Madonna And Child, by Pre-Raphaelite artist Henry Holiday, taken from a
stained-glass window in the Church of Ormesby St Michael, Great Yarmouth,
Norfolk, features on the first-class stamp.

The second-class stamp, Angel, is taken from a stained-glass window designed
by celebrated 19th century artist William Morris, in the Church of St James
at Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria.

A further two stamps taken from stained-glass windows by Holiday also feature
in the collection – the 56p, Joseph, taken from the Parish Church of St
Michael in Minehead, Somerset, and the £1.35, Shepherd, taken from a window
at St Mary’s Upavon, Wiltshire.

The 90p stamp, Wise Man, is taken from a stained-glass window design by the
Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones, from the Church of St Mary the
Virgin in Rye, East Sussex.

The issue comes after a revival of interest in the Pre-Raphaelite movement,
brought about partly by series such as the BBC’s Desperate Romantics and a
major exhibition earlier this year on artist John William Waterhouse at the
Royal Academy of Arts in London.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Mail said its policy for Christmas stamps is to
alternate religious and secular themes.

But last year it broke with tradition to feature both religious and secular
images in its Christmas stamp collection.

* The Christmas stamps go on sale today.

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