engraved Machin / 凹版印刷の女王

December 17, 2011

16 February 1999, UK
‘Profile on Print’ booklet
engraver: Czesław Słania
based on original design by Arnold Machin

This intaglio engraved by the master Czesław Słania was issued to celebrate The 2000 Stamp Show.  After 48 years of his career, Słania’s polished technique to make three dimensional expression by controlled lines are fully exhibited in much larger format, over double the size of the definitive.

But, somehow this does not look like the Machin original – it does not represent the youth of the Queen, I guess.  Perhaps Słania’s precision urged him to reflect the Time and Tide since the relief was made.

2000年のロンドン・スタンプ・フェアーを祝うために、巨匠スラニアの手による凹版印刷で再現された前出のエリザベス女王の普通切手です。48年のキャリアの迫力の精緻さでオリジナルのレリーフを再現しています。

なのだけど、この横顔は女王に似ていない。というか、Machinのオリジナルにある若さがない気がします。きっと、スラニアは元の切手が世に出てからの30余年の歳月も表現したかったのでしょう。

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