Katherine of Aragon; Anne Boleyn; Jane Seymour; Anne of Cleves; unknown woman, formerly known as Catherine Howard; Katherine Parr

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Katherine of Aragon; Anne Boleyn; Jane Seymour; Anne of Cleves; unknown woman, formerly known as Catherine Howard; Katherine Parr

printed by Harrison & Sons Ltd, issued by The Post Office, after Hans Holbein the Younger
sheet of six colour photogravure postage stamps, issued 21 January 1997
1 5/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (41 mm x 180 mm) overall
Given by The Post Office, 1997
Reference Collection
NPG D49645

Artistsback to top

  • Harrison & Sons Ltd (active 1820-2003), Engraver and printer of stamps and banknotes. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543), Painter, printmaker and designer; son of Hans Holbein the Elder. Artist or producer associated with 310 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
  • The Post Office (active 1969-2001). Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • Anne Boleyn (circa 1500-1536), Second Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 28 portraits.
  • Anne of Cleves (1515-1557), Fourth Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 14 portraits.
  • Catherine Howard (circa 1518-1542), Fifth Queen Consort of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 12 portraits.
  • Jane Seymour (1508 or 1509-1537), Third Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 15 portraits.
  • Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536), First Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 17 portraits.
  • Katherine Parr (1512-1548), Sixth Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 12 portraits.

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Events of 1997back to top

Current affairs

The Labour party - re-branded as New Labour - win a spectacular landslide election and Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister. Their electoral campaign promised that 'things can only get better' and that their priorities would be 'education, education, education.' While New Labour's 'third way' centralist approach put off some party traditionalists, it secured the popular vote.
Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed die in a car crash in Paris.

Art and science

J.K. Rowling publishes Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of seven fantasy books chronicling the life of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: learning magic, breaking school rules, romantic entanglements and their struggles against the evil Lord Voldemort.
Scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland announce that they have cloned the first mammal from an adult cell: '6LL3', or Dolly the Sheep.

International

Governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten hands the island back to China after one hundred and fifty years as a British Colony. Although sovereignty was restored to China, it was agreed that the Island would become a 'Special Administrative Region' under the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle, effectively keeping its capitalist economy and way of life for a period of 50 years.

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