19th Century Paintings II

            7 December 1987                20c, 40c, 90c, $1.80                     Mint and CTO        $3.30
                                                                                                             FDC                       $3.75

Technical Details

        Release Date:                    7 December 1987
        Tablet Values:                   20c, 40c, 90c, $1.80
        Artist:                                J M Toombs
        Printer:                              The House of Questa Ltd
        Process:                            Lithography
        Paper:                               C A Watermarked
        Stamp Size:                       3 stamps 31.75 x 31.75 mm
        Perforation Gauge:            14 per 2 cm
        Pane Format:                    50 (2 panes of 25)
        Mint and CTO:                 $3.30
        First Day Cover:               $3.75

This is Pitcairn's second issue of stamps featuring nineteenth century paintings; the first was released on 16 January 1985.

The artist responsible for the original monochromatic paintings forming the basis for this issue was Lieutenant Conway Shipley, an officer on HMS Calypso which arrived at Pitcairn Island on 9 March 1848 and "sailed at sunset" two days later.

The Pitcairn Island Register, a manuscript volume in which were recorded the more notable events occurring on the island, says of the visit:

At 9 am [on 10 March 1848] Captain Worth, and a party of officers, landed; and the greetings on both sides were cordial.  Our people, men, women and children, are almost beside themselves.

Many valuable and useful presents were brought to the island...

The Shipley paintings now form part of a private collection in Australia.