Portugal on stamps

This stamp commemorates the death of writer José Maria de Eça de Queiroz in 1900. His major works, in the realist style and imbued with humour, social and religious criticism, have been widely translated. He was also a journalist and a diplomat, stationed in Havana, Newcastle, Bristol, and Paris.

This is the second stamp dedicated to Eça, issued 5 years after another stamp commemorating his birth. It is quite unusual for the same person (other than navigators) to be honoured by the Portuguese Post with two issues, let alone within such a short period. I like the contrast between the monochrome realistic photograph of the first issue and the colourful rough sketch of this issue.

The stamp was designed by Luís Filipe Abreu, lithographed by Litografia Maia on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps with perforation 12×12½, and issued on 16 August 2000.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
85.00 250,000 2717 2802 2454 2382 2435

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