May 24, a souvenir sheet dedicated to the 175th birth anniversary of Vasily Vereshchagin is issued

Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin (1842–1904) was a Russian painter and a writer, one of the major war artists. He was a personal painter of Konstantin von Kaufman, a Governor-General of Turkestan, since 1867. In early 1869, the artist held the so called “Turkestan exhibition” of his works painted in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, the Kazakh steppes and the city of Turkistan.

Vereshchagin traveled the world extensively visiting India, Europe, America and Cuba. He took part in battle actions in Central Asia, the Balkans and in Japan. It was all represented in his paintings.

The postage stamp features the Cape Fiolent near Sevastopol (1897) painting by Vasily Vereshchagin, and the souvenir sheets margins bear a portrait of the artist.

Additionally, JSC “Marka” has manufactured an illustrated cover with the souvenir sheet and first day covers with cancellation (Moscow) inside.

Design: S. Sviridov.
Face value: 95 RUB.
Size of sheet: 115×80 mm, size of stamp in sheet: 30×42 mm.
Circulation: 60,000 copies.

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