William Clark
William Clark
William Clark {1770-1838} was selected by Meriwether Lewis, his long-time friend, to be the co-captain of the Corps of Discovery. Before joining his fellow Virginian on their 8,000-mile trek, Clark carefully studied mapmaking and astronomy. Clark was four years older than Lewis and had once been his commanding officer, but during their entire time together they apparently never quarreled or seriously disagreed. Five years after completing their famous journey, Clark became governor of the new Missouri Territory.

Close Up: Artist Michael Deas wanted the stamps commemorating the bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark Expedition to look and feel old-fashioned, honoring history through their design as well as their subject. His portraits of Lewis and Clark are classic in composition and execution. To "frame" the paintings on the stamps, Deas proposed intricate intaglio borders.
Michael J. Deas
Phil Jordan
Oil on Board
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National Postal Museum
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Michael Osborne Design
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