The Art Album of New Zealand Flora was the first full-colour art book published in New Zealand. It was produced by the Wellington-based firm Bock and Cousins, well-known stamp engravers at the time, and was praised as a ‘colonial work of art’. Firmly grounded in science, it also had popular appeal and shared mātauranga, Māori knowledge. Today, Sarah Featon's vibrant watercolours are celebrated as works of art in their own right.
Sarah and her husband Edward hoped the Art Album would inspire a love of New Zealand’s flora. Many of the plants illustrated and described by the Featons are now widely cultivated in botanic and home gardens around the world.
Product listing for Sarah Featon - Botanical Artist
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|First Day Cover||First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$12.10|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$12.10|
|Date of issue:||5 May 2021|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed|
|Denominations:||$1.40, $2.70, $3.50, $4.00|
|Designed and illustrated by:||Hannah Fortune, NZ Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus metallic PMS silver and spot varnish|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||80mm x 95mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 106gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||13.33 x 13.6|
|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 stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 4 May 2022. First day covers will remain on sale until 30 June 2021.|