|Date of Issue||August 21, 2014|
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm|
|Series Time Span||2001 - 2014|
|Issue Location||Hartford, CT|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On August 21, 2014, in Hartford, CT, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Hudson River School stamps (Forever® First-Class Mail priced at 49 cents), in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 21, 2014.
During the 19th century, the artists of a young America searched for a new way of viewing the world and found it in the very landscapes around them. Inspired by the stunning natural beauty of New York state, the loose-knit Hudson River School of painters flourished from the mid-1830s to the mid-1870s and gave America its first major school of art.
This 12th issuance in the American Treasures series features details of paintings by four renowned Hudson River School artists. The paintings on these stamps are: Distant View of Niagara Falls (1830) by Thomas Cole, from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; Summer Afternoon (1865) by Asher B. Durand, from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sunset (1856) by Frederic Edwin Church, from the collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; and Grand Canyon (1912) by Thomas Moran, from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Derry Noyes was the art director and designer for the Hudson River School stamps, which are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever® stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.
*Church, Frederic Edwin (1826-1900). Sunset,1856. Oil on canvas. Original 1870s-styleframe. 37 3/4 x 49 3/4 in.(framed). Proctor Collection, PC.21, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, U.S.A. Photo Credit: Munson-Williams- Proctor Arts Institute / Art Resource, NY
*Thomas Cole, American, 1801-1848, Distant View of Niagara Falls, 1830, Oil on panel, 47.9 x 60.6 cm (18 7/8 x 23 7/8 in.), Friends of American Art Collection, 1946.396, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago. www.artic.edu/aic
*Durand, Asher Brown (1796-1886). Summer Afternoon, 1865, Oil on canvas, 22 1/2 x 35 in. (57.2 x 88.9 cm). Bequest of Maria DeWitt Jesup, from the collection of her husband, Morris K. Jesup, 1914 (15.30.60), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A. Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY.