Friday, April 16, 2010

Thomas Robertson - Marco Polo

Thomas Robertson (1819-1873) - Marco Polo 1859 
Australian Stamp issued 1998 - Romance of Sail Series
La Trobe Collection - State Library of Victoria

Robertson spent most of his life at sea, drawing pictures of ships, harbours and life in the ports of Australia and New Zealand in the mid 19th Century.  This painting was completed shortly before he became the master of the Lightning which ploughed the seas between Australia and New Zealand from 1860.

The artists eventually moved to Japan before his death in 1873 in Yokohama.

This stamp is one of a series of four stamps depecting the Romance of Sail - issued in 1998 by Australia Post.

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