Cancelled set of four gummed stamps.
Individual stamps included in this set
$1.40 General Hospital Crete, 1941
After his appointment, McIntyre’s first commission was to paint a portrait of the King of Greece, George II, a recent evacuee to the island of Crete. McIntyre painted scenes in Crete including bombings, paratrooper invasions of the General Hospital, and airborne attacks, but many of the works were left behind.
Peter McIntyre, General Hospital Crete, 20 May 1941, Watercolour, 380 x 519mm, Crete campaign, Archives New Zealand: AAAC 898 NCWA 301.
$2.70 Building the railway to Tobruk, 1941
Tobruk, Libya was the next destination for McIntyre and the New Zealand Division after the disasters in Crete and Greece. It was near Tobruk that McIntyre would depict scenes focusing on the critical role that rail played in the supply of desert troops. This is one of a number of McIntyre’ paintings that focused on individuals’ practical efforts.
Peter McIntyre, Building the railway to Tobruk, May 1943, Oil, 648 x 900mm, North Africa, Archives New Zealand: AAAC 898 NCWA 9.
$3.50 The Grants go into action, El Alamein, c. November 1942
McIntyre, who was shadowing New Zealand troops in Egypt, sketched these “Grant tanks” powering slowly but steadily forward during one of the two Battles of El Alamein (these were costly engagements for New Zealand, but also the turning point of the North African campaign in the Allies’ favour).
Peter McIntyre, The Grants go into action, El Alamein, c. November 1942, Oil, 650 x 905mm, Battle of El Alamein, North African Campaign, Archives New Zealand: AAAC 898 NCWA 24.
$4.00 Medical Officer attending wounded Germans after final surrender in Tunisia, 1 May 1943
In 1943, McIntyre accompanied the New Zealand Division as they fought alongside the British X Corps in Tunisia, North Africa. McIntyre illustrated the final surrender after the successful Operation Supercharge II and the eventual defeat of the Axis in Tunisia in May, depicting a medical officer attending wounded Germans among Tunisian cactuses.
Peter McIntyre, Medical Officer attending wounded Germans after final surrender in Tunisia, 1 May 1943, Watercolour, 365 x 338mm, North African campaign, Archives New Zealand: AAAC 898 NCWA 79.
|Date of issue:||5 August 2020|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$1.40, $2.70, $3.50, $4.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Nicky Dyer, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||37.5mm x 36.95mm (square)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||120mm x 95mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||14.4 x 14.615|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||Unless stock is exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 4 August 2021. First day covers will remain on sale until 30 September 2020.|