Hand Painted Essays for the 1884-1892 Stamp Committee, Robson Lowe, 13th January 1976

The following seven designs have the corner letters HB incorporated in the design. these essays were the only designs submitted to the Committee incorporating corner letters in the design. The use of corner letters was abandoned at the first meeting.

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2

3

4

6

7

The following lot is an example of the squared designs.

8

The following four lots are examples of the large figure designs.

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10

11

12

The following six lots are G. R. Smith’s designs showing the Queen’s head off-centre on a solid ground and the value quite large.

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14

15

16

18

 

The following ten essays are part of Mr. Carey’s scheme, and all but lot 19 have distinctive coloured borders.

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23

24

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28

The following three designs combine G. R. Smith’s design and Mr. Carey’s borders.

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30

31

The following eighteen essays incorporate certain features from the earlier designs and were probably submitted to the committee as colour and value tablet shape designs.

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33

 

34

35

Note: Nos. 36, 37 and 38 are all the same design but each successive drawing is an improvement on the previous one.

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49

In the following three designs the Queen’s head is on a blank surround.

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51

52

The following seven designs have the Queen’s head in a solid background. Some of the values, particularly the 5d. and the 1/-, are reminiscent of Carey’s designs (Lots 19-28).

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59

The following ten lots with the exception of lot 62 (based on Smith’s plan) are obviously based on Carey’s plan.

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61

69

The following four designs only have the word “postage” in the design.

70

71

73

Note: the design of lots 72 and 73 is that finally chosen for the 1/- stamp with the alteration in value and the addition of the word “REVENUE”.

The following three designs have the Queen’s head on a white background, the first has the value lettered and all have the inscription “POSTAGE AND REVENUE”.

74

The following two designs have the Queen’s head on a solid ground, the value repeated four times in figures and inscribed “POSTAGE AND REVENUE”.

77

78

The following eleven lots show the designs as finally issued.

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80

81

82

83

85

86

87

88

89

The following six designs based on those previously submitted were being considered for the new issue of India.

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91

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94

The 4½d. value was required in 1892 because of the 4½d. parcel rate being introduced and this value could also be used for registered letters addressed to foreign countries. The quality of the drawings is excellent and of course many of them are based on earlier designs.

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98

99

100

101

Note: this essay is based on the Smith series (Lots 13-18)

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104

 

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