|BC028(2)C||Wildings Definitive Collection II - 2003 on our Postboxes cover, unsigned||£40.00||Limited Availability|
|BC028(2)A||Wildings Definitive Collection II - 2003, unsigned||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BC028(2)B||Wildings Definitive Collection II - 2003, signed Professor John Hedgecoe||£85.00||Limited Availability|
|BC028SET||Wildings Definitive Collection II - 2003 Set of 3 Covers||£100.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 20/05/2003
Issue Name: Wildings Definitive Collection II - 2003
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The first low value stamps picturing Queen Elizabeth II are called Wildings because they used a photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding. This stunning miniature sheet was issued 50 years later on the anniversary of the 8p and 68p stamps (top left). Our signature is very appropriate. Professor John Hedgecoe took the photograph of the Queen used on our current Queen's Head stamps.
The youngest of a large family, Dorothy was sent at the age of four to live with relations in the south of England. Determined to be independent and to pursue an artistic career, she chose photography and began as a 'pupil retoucher' at Walter Barnet's studio in Knightsbridge around 1911, and worked for the London photographers before opening her studio in George Street, Portman Square in 1914. She lived at one end of the studio and supported herself by retouching work until her business became self supporting in the 1930s. Dorothy was in a tradition of women studio influenced photographers, such as the Victorian Alice Hughes, and the Edwardian Lallie Charles.
Her portrait of the Queen was used as the design for the definitive stamps from 1952 until 1967 when the Machin design came in.
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John Hedgecoe was a British photographer and author of over 30 books on photography. He established the photography department in 1965 at the Royal College of Art, where he was Professor from 1975 to 1994.