At the turn of the 20th century the language of diplomacy was partly French; the term 'Entente Cordiale' had already been used to describe the relationship between Britain and the United States.
History. Despite centuries of history alternating between war and peace Britain and France's imperial expansion continued during the 19th century with few clashes until July 1898 when the French sought to increase their influence in the Egyptian territory of Sudan as part of their expansion from West Africa. At the same time the British were expanding southwards from Egypt. Troops from both countries arrived at Fashoda and Kitchener and Marchand agreed that the Egyptian, British & Frech flags should all be flown from the fort.
The French Foreign Minister, Declasse, proposed co-existence between the French and British Empires and the ensuing Entente Cordiale gave France influence over Morocco and the west, and Britain over Egypt and the east. The Anglo-French accord was signed in London on 8 April 1904, and it virtually ended colonial rivalry.
This is a joint issue with the French Post Office, La Poste, with designs common to both countries, featuring contemporary British and French paintings.
The 28p and 0,75euro stamps feature 'Lace 1 (trial proof) 1968' by Sir Terry Frost, while the 57p and 0,50 euro stamps show 'Coccinelle' by Sonia Delaunay.
Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003) was one of Britain's most distinguished and passionate abstract artists. Born in Leamington Spa he was a prisoner of war in 1941 and later studied art in Birmingham. His career spanned six decades, much of it spent living and working in south west Cornwall. Sadly he died before knowing his work was to appear on a stamp.
Sonia Delaunay (1855-1979) was born in Ukraine as Sarah Stern (nicknamed Sonia). She studied art in Karlsruhe and Paris in 1905 and married French painter Robert Delaunay. She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964 and in 1975 was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.
The stamps are printed by Walsall Security Print in gravure, perf 14x14½, in sheets of 25 and 50.
The images are from Royal Mail's Stamp Preview, Postmark Bulletin, and Philatelic Bulletin, and are Copyright 2004 by Royal Mail.
These postmarks were available for the date of issue and all should be available on first day covers. However some will be more plentiful than others, and some may only be available on specific 'official covers', with a very few on PO fdcs in collections. It may be many years before these appear on the resale market.
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Official Philatelic Bureau postmark
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Official London SW1 FDI postmark
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Entente Cordiale Centenary, London SW1
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Direct Rail Link London to Paris 1994-2004
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Entente Cordiale BirminghamTwinned with Lyon
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Entente Cordiale 1904-2004, London SW1
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Entente Cordiale, London SW1 Phil Stamp Collection
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Bleriot Road, Hounslow, Middlesex
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Entente Cordiale, Concorde, Filton, Bristol
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Anniversary Year First Flight of Concorde 1969-2004 Filton Bristol
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Centenary Entente Cordiale, King Charles Street, London SW1
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Entente Cordiale Centenary Parliament Square London SW1
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Centenary Entente Cordiale, Knightsbridge, London SW1
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Centenary of the Entente Cordiale, Allied Way, London W3
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L'Entente Cordiale, London SW1
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HMS Gloucester's Entente Cordiale, City of Gloucester
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Windsor Castle permanent postmark
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Buckingham Palace, SW London permanent postmark
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Nelson's Column, London WC3 permanent postmark
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Tower of London EC3 permanent postmark
This page created 21 May 2004 (5.2.05)
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