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George Eliot 200th Birth Anniversary - 99p Sheet of Ten

George Eliot 200th Birth Anniversary - 99p Sheet of Ten

£9.90

Eliot and Lewes’ only expedition by carriage during their stay in Jersey was to Bouley Bay on 13 July. Eliot describes it as a "delicious evening when the sea was glassy smooth. The coast there is an agreeable contrast to that on the Gorey side of the island - tall hills with curving slopes, and perpendicular indentations making dark shadows on the soft green." This depiction is portrayed on the 99p stamp. The stamp sheets give the discerning collector access to all the printer's marks and any additional information on the selvedges.

Date of issue 01/11/2019
Withdrawal date 01/11/2021
Designer Peter Fancourt
Sheet 10
Size 30mm x 40mm
Process Four colour offset lithography plus metallic gold litho ink
Denominations 99p

Additional Information

2019 marks the 200th birth anniversary of George Eliot, one of the most important writers of the 19th century. Eliot produced several works during her lifetime but perhaps the most famous is Middlemarch, considered to be one of the greatest novels to be written in the English language.

Eliot, whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, visited Jersey in the summer of 1857 and stayed for three months with her partner George Lewes. The couple arrived by boat on Friday 15th May and found lodgings with the Amy family at Rosa Cottage in Gorey, on the east coast of the Island. It seems Eliot developed a great fondness for the Island during her stay and wrote of Jersey as “a sweet spot in our memories - while memories last.” 

This stamp issue shows Jersey as it might have been seen through the eyes of George Eliot in the summer of 1857.

Additional Information

2019 marks the 200th birth anniversary of George Eliot, one of the most important writers of the 19th century. Eliot produced several works during her lifetime but perhaps the most famous is Middlemarch, considered to be one of the greatest novels to be written in the English language.

Eliot, whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, visited Jersey in the summer of 1857 and stayed for three months with her partner George Lewes. The couple arrived by boat on Friday 15th May and found lodgings with the Amy family at Rosa Cottage in Gorey, on the east coast of the Island. It seems Eliot developed a great fondness for the Island during her stay and wrote of Jersey as “a sweet spot in our memories - while memories last.” 

This stamp issue shows Jersey as it might have been seen through the eyes of George Eliot in the summer of 1857.