Thursday, August 25, 2011

Edward Hopper Stamp Sets Sail at The Huntington Library

A stamp depicting the Edward Hopper painting "The Long Leg," which is part of the collection of The Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., was released yesterday.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Daily News, "First-day-of-issue cancellations, with a commemorative postmark depicting a sailboat, were offered for sale outside the Huntington [Library] Bookstore to mark the the release. Hopper postcards, notecards and prints that could be stamped and postmarked as collectible keepsakes were also offered."

As reported in Linn's Stamp News, the intended release of the Edward Hopper stamp, featuring his painting "The Long Leg" in 2009 was canceled due to economic reasons.

 Painted in oil on canvas around 1935, the painting depicts a boat sailing against the wind near Provincetown, Mass. It also includes Cape Cod's Long Point Lighthouse.  "Long Leg" is a nautical term.

The stamp is the 10th in the American Treasures series, which began in 2001 and is intended to showcase works of American fine art and crafts.

Shown above, a visitor looks at original Hopper painting at the Huntington Library while members of the Claude C. Ries Chapter of the American First Day Cover Society cancel envelopes and other items outside.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM