Sunday, 7 February 2016

France 1949 - Charles-Louis de Secondat

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu, most commonly referred to as simply Montesquieu, was born in France on 18 January 1689 at the Château de La Brède. He died 10 February 1755 at the aged of 56. Montesquieu lived during the Aged of Enlightenment. He was a French lawyer and a political philosopher.

Château de La Brède
By Carole J... - Own work (own photo), CC BY-SA 3.0,


On 14 November 1949 France issued a semi-postal stamp commemorating this man of letters. The stamp was designed by Paul-Pierre Lemagny and it was engraved by Charles-Paul Dufresne. The stamp is an absolute stunner. The life etched into the face of Montesquieu is awesome!

So far I know very little about the engraver of this stamp. According to the terrific blog, Stamp Engravers, Dufresne seems to have been active from 1939 to 1958. 

Until next time...

Stay Engraver Crazy!

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