#1386 – 1969 6c William M. Harnett

Condition
Price
Qty
- Mint Stamp(s)
Ships in 1-2 business days.i$0.40
$0.40
- Used Single Stamp(s)
Ships in 1-2 business days.i$0.20
$0.20
4 More - Click Here
Mounts - Click Here
Condition
Price
Qty
- MM648215x55mm 15 Horizontal Strip Black Split-Back Mounts
Ships in 1-2 business days.i
$7.95
$7.95
- MM50936x55mm 50 Vertical Black Split-Back Mounts
Ships in 1-2 business days.i
$3.50
$3.50

Issue Date:  December 3, 1969

City:  Boston, MA
Quantity:  145,788,800

Printed By:  Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Printing Method:  Lithographed, engraved

Perforations:  11

Color:  Multicolored

 

This issue honors American artist William M. Harnett, whose paintings are so lifelike he was once charged with counterfeiting.

 

Birth Of William Harnett 

Artist William Michael Harnett was born on August 10, 1848, in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland.

Harnett was born during the potato famine in Ireland and his family moved to America shortly after his birth.  His parents, a shoemaker and a seamstress, settled the family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Harnett attended Catholic schools as a boy and sold newspapers and worked as an errand boy to help support the family.  As a teenager, Harnett was trained as an engraver. In 1866, he enrolled in night classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Harnett then moved to New York in 1869 where he worked in a silver engraving shop while attending The Cooper Union and later the National Academy of Design.  During this time he briefly studied under portrait artist Thomas Jensen.

Around 1875, Harnett began producing oil paintings. He started to exhibit his work in New York and Philadelphia.  By 1880, he sold enough paintings to go study abroad as was custom for artists. Harnett traveled to London before spending six months in Frankfort, three years in Munich, and a short stay in Paris.  While overseas, he frequently sent his paintings back to America for exhibition and sale.  Harnett returned to the United States in 1886 and lived in New York City until his death.

Harnett became known for his “trompe-l’œil still lifes” (French for “fool the eye” – images that were so realistic, they appeared to be in three-dimensions.  His realism made him a leading still-life painter of the late 1800s.  It was once said that Harnett “copied in oil with the accuracy of a camera.”  Some of his favorite subjects were firearms, books, and musical instruments.

Money was also a favorite subject of Harnett’s. He was able to create a reproduction of a flat, crinkled bill that could easily deceive the eye.  So easily that in 1886, the US Treasury confiscated a Harnett painting of a five-dollar bill from the wall of a New York tavern and attempted to arrest the artist for forgery.  He managed to talk his way out of being imprisoned.

Harnett enjoyed significant commercial success in America, but his declining health would keep him from working months at a time. He suffered from rheumatism and kidney disease and sought relief in Arkansas’ Hot Springs and Wiesbaden, Germany. Though newspaper critics and some in the art community praised his work, he was never elected to the National Academy. Harnett died on October 29, 1892.

Click here to view some of Harnett’s paintings.
Read More - Click Here


  • 1998-2019 U.S. Semi-Postal Stamps, plus FREE 2014 Imperforate Semi-Postal, 8 stamps 1998-2019 U.S. Semi-Postal Stamps

    Semi-postal stamps are issued to serve a double purpose.  Priced higher than regular postage, they pay the current mailing rate plus an added amount contributed to a charitable cause.  As of 2019, eight semi-postal (sometimes called "fundraising") stamps had been issued.  Now you can get them in one easy order and receive the B5a imperforate semi-postal FREE!

    $13.50
    BUY NOW
  • 1990s First Day Covers, Collection of 100 100 First Day Covers Issued During the 1990s
    Some of the stamps I saw in my set of 100 covers highlighted Looney Tunes characters, statehood anniversaries, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Elvis Presley, Dorothy Parker, and more.  Order your set today.
    $49.95
    BUY NOW
  • 1922-32 Regular Issues, 24 stamps, used 1922-32 Regular Issues, 24 used stamps

    This set of 24 postally used 1922-32 regular issues stamps is a great addition to your collection. Order today to receive: 571, 610, 632, 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 641, 642, 653,684, 685, 692, 693, 694, 697, 698, 699, 700, 701, and 720.

    $6.25
    BUY NOW

Issue Date:  December 3, 1969

City:  Boston, MA
Quantity:  145,788,800

Printed By:  Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Printing Method:  Lithographed, engraved

Perforations:  11

Color:  Multicolored

 

This issue honors American artist William M. Harnett, whose paintings are so lifelike he was once charged with counterfeiting.

 

Birth Of William Harnett 

Artist William Michael Harnett was born on August 10, 1848, in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland.

Harnett was born during the potato famine in Ireland and his family moved to America shortly after his birth.  His parents, a shoemaker and a seamstress, settled the family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Harnett attended Catholic schools as a boy and sold newspapers and worked as an errand boy to help support the family.  As a teenager, Harnett was trained as an engraver. In 1866, he enrolled in night classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Harnett then moved to New York in 1869 where he worked in a silver engraving shop while attending The Cooper Union and later the National Academy of Design.  During this time he briefly studied under portrait artist Thomas Jensen.

Around 1875, Harnett began producing oil paintings. He started to exhibit his work in New York and Philadelphia.  By 1880, he sold enough paintings to go study abroad as was custom for artists. Harnett traveled to London before spending six months in Frankfort, three years in Munich, and a short stay in Paris.  While overseas, he frequently sent his paintings back to America for exhibition and sale.  Harnett returned to the United States in 1886 and lived in New York City until his death.

Harnett became known for his “trompe-l’œil still lifes” (French for “fool the eye” – images that were so realistic, they appeared to be in three-dimensions.  His realism made him a leading still-life painter of the late 1800s.  It was once said that Harnett “copied in oil with the accuracy of a camera.”  Some of his favorite subjects were firearms, books, and musical instruments.

Money was also a favorite subject of Harnett’s. He was able to create a reproduction of a flat, crinkled bill that could easily deceive the eye.  So easily that in 1886, the US Treasury confiscated a Harnett painting of a five-dollar bill from the wall of a New York tavern and attempted to arrest the artist for forgery.  He managed to talk his way out of being imprisoned.

Harnett enjoyed significant commercial success in America, but his declining health would keep him from working months at a time. He suffered from rheumatism and kidney disease and sought relief in Arkansas’ Hot Springs and Wiesbaden, Germany. Though newspaper critics and some in the art community praised his work, he was never elected to the National Academy. Harnett died on October 29, 1892.

Click here to view some of Harnett’s paintings.