12½¢ (6d stg)
Date of Issue
July 1, 1859
Perforation or Dimension
11.75, 12 x 11.75, 12
American Bank Note Company, New York.
Based on a painting by Alfred Edward Chalon. Portrait engraved by Alfred Jones.
Alfred Edward Chalon, "Queen Victoria", 1837
Similar to the 7 ½-pence stamp of 1857. The denomination, "Six pence Sterling" remained on this stamp because it was issued to pay for packet letters as indicated in the oval above Queen Victoria's portrait. Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria reproduced from a contemporary engraving of a full-length painting by Alfred Edward Chalon, R.A. Although this work of art portrays the young Queen in her robes of state, merely the head appears in various British colonial postage stamp designs, including the 12 ½-cent for the Province of Canada. On the occasion of Queen Victoria's first visit to the House of Lords, she commissioned Mr. Chalon to paint this portrait as a gift to her mother, the Duchess of Kent. The memorable event was the prorogation of Parliament on 17th July, 1837, the year of the Queen's accession to the throne.
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 9, 20.
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