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William Wordsworth Set and Sheet Set

The artwork of this captivating six stamp issue captures the essence and the appearance of the Island at the time of Wordsworth’s visit to the Isle of Man in 1833.

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  • Each of these six stamps are designed to pictorially tell the story of Wordsworth, his works and their connections to the Island.  Adding to the exquisite detail, is an extract from a sonnet expressive of the scene or location featured, along with the reproduced signature of Wordsworth and an image relating to his life and travels.

    1st: Provided courtesy of the Wordsworth Trust, this stamp displays Dove Cottage, the former home of Wordsworth and the current location of the Wordsworth Trust. This stamp features a portrait of the poet imposed over the artwork. The text included is taken from  I wandered Lonely as a Cloud, one of his most famous poems.

    EU: Features the sonnet At Sea off the Isle of Man, composed during his visit to the Island in 1833. The artwork displays the perils of the sea, as discussed in the sonnet extract, in which Wordsworth discusses the search for the Island amidst a cloak of fog.

    Large: This stamp displays a picturesque view of Port-E-Chee, painted in the 1800’s, provided courtesy of the MNH archive. The artwork depicts rolling Manx fields and hills, painted atop of a vista. The artwork is matched up with text taken from Itinerary Poems of 1833, XIV, written during his time sent on the Isle of Man.

    RoW: This stamp captures Douglas Bay and presents The Tower of Refuge during the 1800’s. Accompanying the imagery is text from Wordsworth’s sonnet, On Entering Douglas Bay, Isle of Man. It is believed that the name, Tower of Refuge, originates from this poem, as Wordsworth coins the phrase in the text extract presented upon the top of the stamp. 

    £1.61: Provided by the University of St. Andrews, this stamp showcases a painting of The Monk’s Bridge at Rushen Abbey. The poem, At Bala-sala, Isle of Man, discusses Rushen Abbey in its beauty. Ballasalla was also the location of the Cookson family, whom were good friends with Wordsworth.

    £1.92: The final stamp acknowledges Tynwald, a topic written about by Wordsworth in his sonnet, Tynwald Hill. The painting displays a busy scene at Tynwald Hill, with period Manx men and women in attendance of Tynwald Day. The text upon the stamp is taken from the sonnet and pays tribute to the history of Tynwald and Manx politics. 

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