Britons of Distinction

The Britons of Distinction stamps celebrate ten distinguished individuals from the realms of science and technology, architecture, politics and the arts who have all made a major contribution to British society.

2012 (February 23 2012)
Commemorative

Designed by Purpose
Size 35mm (h) x 35mm (v)
Printed by Cartor Security Print
Print Process Lithography
Perforations 14.5 x 14.5
Phosphor All Over
Gum PVA

Stamps

Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Sir Basil Spence

Sir Basil Spence

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Knighted for services to architecture, particularly his designs for the new Coventry Cathedral, opened in 1962, after the original was bombed. The image shows Coventry Cathedral.



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Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius

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Yorkshire-born composer of choral and orchestral works. Born in 1862 and most renowned for music evoking a timeless English pastoral idyll.



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Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Mary ‘May’ Morris

Mary ‘May’ Morris

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Textile artist and designer celebrated for her embroidery; daughter of the artist and thinker William Morris. The image shows Orange Tree, designed and embroidered by May Morris.


Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Odette Hallowes

Odette Hallowes

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French-born British secret agent in wartime France, who survived solitary confinement in German concentration camps.



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Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Thomas Newcomen

Thomas Newcomen

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Devon ironmonger, engineer and inventor of the atmospheric steam engine, which helped power the Industrial Revolution. His first working engine was installed at a coalmine near Dudley Castle in Staffordshire in 1712.



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Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier

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Lancashire-born contralto whose international opera and song career was prematurely ended by her death from cancer.



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Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Augustus Pugin

Augustus Pugin

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Architect, designer and advocate of the Gothic style whose commissions included the interiors of the Palace of Westminster. The stamp shows Pugin’s interior of the Palace of Westminster.



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Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Montague Rhodes James

Montague Rhodes James

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Cambridge academic and author of chilling ghost stories, originally written as entertainments for his friends.



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Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Alan Turing

Alan Turing

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Mathematician and computer scientist, whose work with the code breakers at Bletchley Park helped to speed up the end of the Second World War. The stamp shows Turing’s Bombe code breaking machine at Bletchley Park.



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Britons of Distinction 1st Stamp (2012) Joan Mary Fry

Joan Mary Fry

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Quaker campaigner for pacifism and social reform, who organised food relief in Germany after the First World War, and then in Wales.



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Presentation Pack

Presentation Pack Cover

First Day Cover

First Day Cover Insert

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