George Washington (1982)

painting of George Washington

Artist: Mark English
Art director: Bradbury Thompson
First day of issue: February 22, 1982

Tempera on board

George Washington has appeared on so many stamps that he might seem to defy a fresh approach, but Mark English celebrated Washington’s 250th birthday with clear originality. He began with the traditional profile but added marks of texture, and he transformed the American flag and Washington’s dark collar into eye-catching design elements.

Art of the Stamp