To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great artist and designer Archibald Knox, Isle of Man Post Office, in collaboration with Manx National Heritage and Lloyds Bank, has produced a stunning set of stamps inspired by one of his greatest works.
Each of the 10 stamps features a detail from Knox's masterpiece Deer's Cry, the illuminated manuscript regarded by many as his greatest achievement.
Manx artist Knox is renowned internationally, chiefly as the leading exponent of the 'British Celtic Revival' design style in the early 20th century and for his silver and pewter designs for Liberty & Co. His contemporaries in the early 1900s would have known him for his graphic designs which could be found on anything from war memorials to a grocer's chequebook.
Whatever his designs were used for, they shared a common motif – the intricate interlace designs and knots reflecting his lifelong fascination with the carved Norse and Celtic stone crosses that had surrounded him from his childhood onwards.
While his body of work contains iconic examples of early 20th century design, the Deer's Cry is considered his greatest masterpiece and his most personal work of art. It is this piece that forms the basis of the Isle of Man Post Office celebration, which also commemorates a major exhibition of Celtic-influenced design in the Island during 2014.
Based on an early Irish prayer, it is a masterpiece of lettering in watercolor and widely acknowledged as his greatest achievement.
Know fans of Knox's work can own a set of stamps showcasing his extraordinary design from Deer's Cry with the landmark issue.
Alongside the full set of stamps, available in mint condition and Cancelled to Order, this issue includes a collectable First Day Cover, cancelled with the first day of issue, and a Presentation Pack.
The Presentation Pack includes a mint condition set of the stamps, plus additional illustrations and the story of Knox's Deer's Cry written by Yvonne Cresswell of Manx National Heritage. Her words also appear on the illustrated information card which accompanies the First Day Cover.