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Creneash, y Balley Ain – Our Cregneash Home Set

A scenic and colourful set of stamps by the paintings of David Byrne and Nancy Corkish that showcases their long and fruitful artistic partnership who lived in together for nearly three decades in the closest dwelling to the rugged southern tip of the Isle of Man until Nancy’s death in January 2021. Inspired by the atmospheric landscape and strong sense of place, they produced hundreds of watercolour paintings which have been enjoyed by a great many people on the Island

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  • This issue honours local artists Nancy Corkish and David Byrne who lived together in the last house on the road before The Sound in Cregneash for 28 years. 

    Nancy was also well known for a variety of illustration commissions including a number of our stamp issues over a period of almost forty years. She is best known to stamp collectors as the artist behind the landmark ‘Manx Cats’ issue of 1996, though she first shared an artwork credit with John Nicholson RI in 1986. She was primarily a landscape painter who became focused on painting personal emotion through observation in her work, her work became well-known and much sought-after on the Island.

    David, now aged 90, still lives in their Cregneash cottage. Like Nancy he has been a well-known figure in the Manx art scene for decades. He took early inspiration to paint the Manx landscape from the work of William Hoggatt and the example and friendship of Norman Howell while later developing great admiration for the watercolours of Archibald Knox and Norman Sayle. 

    The couple’s aspirations for their work is evident in their shared commitment to watercolour painting. We hope this selection of images serves Nancy’s legacy and is a fitting tribute to a unique and positive partnership

    The Stamps

    This collection of eight stamps (First Class, EU, Large value and ROW) not only illustrates Cregneash's outstanding natural beauty but also to properly respect Nancy and David’s individual and joint contributions by pairing and contrasting their respective visions of their shared home and surrounds. Similar but different subjects have been selected and balanced across the set. The scenes are not restricted to Cregneash village but encompass the whole peninsula to capture the varied topography, dramatic skies, changing weather and seasons and the sense of belonging that both artists shared. To underline this close partnership the stamp values are set in pairs, with a work by each artist represented side by side and spread over four sheet values.

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