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Matt Sewell’s Birds

Collection Issue Date: 24th March 2016

Matt Sewell celebrates birdlife ‘spotted and jotted on the Isle of Man’.

The delightful illustrations of renowned artist and ornithologist Matt Sewell are showcased in this magnificent set of 10 stamps, showing the amazing diversity of bird species found around the British Isles, including the Isle of Man.

Issue Information

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to present a splendid set of 10 stamps featuring the artwork of Matt Sewell.

The 10 iconic illustrations from the celebrated artist and ornithologist showcase the diverse range of birdlife the British Isles, including the Isle of Man. Recreated from the original water colours, the images include many popular species, but we are especially pleased that this set of stamps includes the Manx Shearwater as an exclusive design.

Matt will be familiar to some as former artist-in-residence on the BBC’s Springwatch Unsprung and his appearances on Countryfile, but his work has reached a global audience through a series of books, publications like the Guardian and The Big Issue and exhibitions  in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo and Paris.

Working closely with Isle of Man Post Office, Matt spent time ‘spotting and jotting’, as he puts it, at The Sound and Cregneash village in the south of the Island. The stamps are released to coincide with the publication of his latest book Penguins and Other Seabirds, from publisher Penguin Random House.

As someone who admits to having been obsessed with birds for as long as they can remember, an invitation to see what Manx shores had to offer was too good to miss for Matt, and didn’t disappoint.

The Isle of Man is home to dozens of species including fittingly given the subject of Matt’s new book, many seabirds. Numbered among them is the Manx Shearwater, a bird once threatened with a severe decline in numbers which is now once again on the increase. Matt’s Shearwater illustration is a wonderful and exclusive addition to this set.

Matt has also written text to accompany the stamp, explaining his lifelong love of birds, how he began drawing them and offering often whimsical descriptions of the species featured. He also talks about his conservation work with charities fighting to protect under-threat bird habitats.

“Birds are a constant part of my life and I feel lucky to have built a career in the company of such wonderful wildlife,” Matt explains, adding “Stamps are iconic – it’s amazing to see my illustrations featured in this way.”

Matt Sewell’s Birds issue is available as a set or in sheet format, in mint condition or Cancelled to Order, a First Day Cover and a Presentation Pack. You can also purchase a Stamp Sheet Album, Matt Sewell Seabirds Book Sheetlet and a special edition of his new book Penguins and Other Seabirds which includes the Seabird Sheetlet and is signed by Matt himself.

Technical Information

Illustrations and Text

 Matt Sewell

Format

 2 Sheets of 25 Stamps

Printer

Cartor

Process

 Offset Lithography

Colours

 4

Paper

 110gms PVA Gummed

Perforations

 14 per 2cms

Stamp Size

 31.7 x 31.7mm

No. of Stamps

 10

Date of Issue

 24th March 2016

Collection Products

Matt Sewell’s Penguins and Other Seabirds Book Limited Edition Collection
Matt Sewell’s Penguins and Other Seabirds Book Limited Edition Collection

Product Code: UF70
Product Issue Date: 22nd April 2016

Our stamp issue Matt Sewell's Birds is released to coincide with the publication of his new book, Penguins and Other Seabirds, and we are delighted to be able to offer you a very special edition of this new volume.

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Matt Sewell's Birds Stamp Sheet Album
Matt Sewell's Birds Stamp Sheet Album

Product Code: UF43
Product Issue Date: 24th March 2016

An essential for any collector, this limited edition album is a unique celebration of our very special issue Matt Sewell's Birds.

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Matt Sewell's Birds Set
Matt Sewell's Birds Set

Product Code: UF31
Product Issue Date: 24th March 2016

Matt Sewell’s wonderfully illustrated stamps are available in a set of 10 or across two highly collectable sheets. The set features Matt’s distinctive water colour illustrations of the Robin, Pheasant, Goldfinch, Tawny Owl, Starling, Blue Tit, Puffin, Hobby, Cormorant and an exclusive design featuring the Manx Shearwater. The sheets feature 25 stamps, five of each design, as well as whimsical descriptions of each bird written by the celebrated artist and ornithologist. The sets and sheets are available in mint condition or Cancelled to Order.

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Matt Sewell’s Birds First Day Cover
Matt Sewell’s Birds First Day Cover

Product Code: UF91
Product Issue Date: 24th March 2016

The complete set of 10 stamps featuring the eye-catching and distinctive illustrations of renowned artist and ornithologist Matt Sewell are presented on a specially-designed First Day Cover envelope, cancelled with the first day of issue. The stamps issue date coincides with the publication of Matt’s latest book, Penguins and Other Seabirds. Inside the envelope is an illustrated card with words written by Matt about his passion for birds, illustration and conservation of birdlife habitats.

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Matt Sewell’s Birds Presentation Pack
Matt Sewell’s Birds Presentation Pack

Product Code: UF41
Product Issue Date: 24th March 2016

A mint condition set of the 10 stamps which make up the issue Matt Sewell’s Birds, presented in a specially-designed four-page booklet. The presentation pack includes words written by the well-known illustrator and ornithologist about how he developed a love of creating celebrated illustrations of birds; work which has featured in publications, books and exhibitions around the world. This collectable also features more pictures, including a photograph of Matt at Cregneash village in the south of the Isle of Man, where he enjoyed time ‘spotting and jotting’.

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Matt Sewell Seabirds Book Sheetlet
Matt Sewell Seabirds Book Sheetlet

Product Code: UF68
Product Issue Date: 24th March 2016

The Isle of Man Post Office issue Matt Sewell’s Birds was issued to coincide with the publication of his latest book Penguins and Other Seabirds. To celebrate, we are proud to offer this delightful sheetlet featuring the three seabirds showcased in the 10-stamp issue; the Puffin, Cormorant and an exclusive Manx Shearwater design. There are nine stamps, three of each sea bird design taken from the 10-stamp issue. Matt is a renowned artist and ornithologist whose works has been seen in publications, books and exhibitions all around the world, as well as on TV programmes including BBC’s Springwatch Unsprung and Countryfile. This sheetlet is a must for any fan of Matt’s work, as well as anyone who shares his love of birds.

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Matt Sewell's Birds Self-Adhesive Booklet
Matt Sewell's Birds Self-Adhesive Booklet

Product Code: UF71
Product Issue Date: 24th March 2016

A handy wallet-sized booklet of ten self-adhesive stamps each valid for the delivery of letter mail to the UK and within the Isle of Man.

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Matt Sewell's Birds Sheet Set
Matt Sewell's Birds Sheet Set

Product Code: UF66
Product Issue Date: 24th March 2016

Matt Sewell’s wonderfully illustrated stamps are available in a set of 10 or across two highly collectable sheets. The set features Matt’s distinctive water colour illustrations of the Robin, Pheasant, Goldfinch, Tawny Owl, Starling, Blue Tit, Puffin, Hobby, Cormorant and an exclusive design featuring the Manx Shearwater. The sheets feature 25 stamps, five of each design, as well as whimsical descriptions of each bird written by the celebrated artist and ornithologist. The sets and sheets are available in mint condition or Cancelled to Order.

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