CHRISTOPHER PRATT, R.C.A.
signed, titled, dated “Nov. 1968” and inscribed “engraver’s proof”
Sight 20.25 ins x 27 ins; 51.4 cms x 68.6 cms
Silcox writes: “Between 1968 and 1974, Pratt completed six silkscreen prints based on nineteenth century Newfoundland stamps...In his eyes these stamps were beautiful objects, well designed, and part of a proud pre-Confederation heritage which he wished to salute.”
Pratt writes: “I made the ‘Stamp’ prints as souvenirs of Newfoundland: not Newfoundland as an island, its fauna and geography, but as a social, political and economic entity that has passed out of time. These early postage stamps constitute evidence of that Newfoundland.”
Jay Scott and Christopher Pratt, The Prints of Christopher Pratt, 1958-1991, Catalogue Raisonné, Breakwater Books, St. John’s, Nfld., 1991, page 46 for The Stamp (2 Cent Cod Fish), “engraver’s proof,” 1968, reproduced and pages 46-49 for the artist’s more extended comments of the Stamp works.
David P. Silcox and Merike Weiler, Christopher Pratt, Prentice-Hall Canada Inc., Scarborough, 1982, page 29.
Private Collection, New Brunswick
Department: Canadian Fine Art