Date Published: 1974
Binding: No binding
Envelope 8-3/4 x 3-7/8 inches with black and white FIRST DAY ISSUE text (photocopy?) and John B. Boyle signature under this. The 8¢ Guglielmo Marconi stamp Boyle did the artwork for and published in 1974 on the top right corner with postal cancellation stamp covering a small part of the lower left of the stamp. Nice association with the stamp, first day cover copy and Boyle's signature. Quite collectable.
Very good condition.
John Bernard Boyle, painter (b at London, Ont 23 Sept 1941). Self-taught, Boyle, whose aim in youth was to be a writer, began painting around 1962 with the support of friends Greg CURNOE and Jack CHAMBERS. Boyle favours primary colours and bold handling. His work, which includes heavily painted portraits, often huge, of well-known Canadian figures such as Tom THOMSON, POUNDMAKER and Stephen LEACOCK, expresses his determined Canadian nationalism. He has also experimented with baked porcelain on steel. His paintings of the male and female nude (often himself or his wife) are as bold as any in contemporary art. In 1991, the London Regional Art Gallery in London, Ont, organized a retrospective exhibition of his work that toured Canada and Belgium.
quoted from The Canadian Encyclopedia online.
More about the stamp an Boyle: As part of its multicultural series the Post Office will commemorate the centenary of the birth of Guglielmo Marconi, father of the radio. The stamp will recognize the contributions of all Italians to the development of Canada. Marconi was born at Bologna on April 25, 1874, the son of an Italian father and an Irish mother. In 1894 Marconi read the obituary of Heinrich Hertz, an experimenter with electromagnetic waves. Marconi immediately decided that these waves could be adapted to carry telegraphic messages and that he would prove it. Progress was continuous, and in March 1899 the first message was beamed across the English Channel.
Wednesday, December 11, everything was in readiness and that afternoon Marconi sat down to listen for the prearranged signal, three dots of the Morse letter S. S had been chosen. Just before the wind tore free a balloon supporting the aerial, Marconi faintly heard a few of the S's being generated 1700 miles away. The stamp in honour of Guglielmo Marconi was designed by John B. Boyle. The painting in acrylics combines a portrait of Marconi with a view of St. John's harbour from Signal Hill.
Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1974. Creators: Designed by Ken Rodmell Based on an illustration by John Bernard Boyle.
Very Good. Item #8176