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01 January 2016

Christmas stamps feature Bosdet’s Stained Glass Windows

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Eight festive stamps will be issued by Jersey Post on 27 November 2015 featuring beautiful stained glass windows. Celebrating the work of Jerseyman Henry Thomas Bosdet in parish churches around the Island, the windows have been photographed by local photographer Andy Le Gresley.

“Bosdet was born in Jersey in 1856 and became famous for his stained glass windows,” says Melanie Gouzinis, Jersey Post’s Head of Philatelic. “His work is celebrated as being exquisite and outstanding, not just for its richness in colour, but also for the balance of composition and quality of drawing in the portrayals of religious characters.”

Sections from eight of Bosdet’s stained glass window panes are featured within this stamp issue, depicting the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary during the Annunciation. This Christian celebration features regularly in Bosdet’s work and depicts the announcement by Gabriel to Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his incarnation.

As many as thirty of Bosdet’s windows are found in Jersey’s church windows, while several are also situated in the private chapel of St Ouen’s Manor. The set of eight Christmas stamps feature sections of pairs of panes found in the parish churches of St Martin, St Helier, St Brelade and St Saviour.

As usual, Jersey Post has included special stamp tariffs to allow the people of Jersey to send their Christmas cards for less during the beginning of the festive period. Four of the stamps have been specially produced with reduced rates, which can be used between 27 November and 11 December. Two stamps are for use on larger items of post to Jersey and to the UK, while two bear the standard tariffs for local and UK letters, which can be used after the promotional period.

Philatelic stamp products such as sets of stamps, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the Jersey post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day and can be ordered now at: www.jerseystamps.com or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320. 

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