BIOGRAPHY: Robert Clayton

Originally, New South wales had thought to print their first postage stamps in lithography. They asked the engraver Robert Clayton to produce engravings for this set, but when they were submitted, they were thought to be of such inferior quality, that the authorities decided to print them in recess after all.

Because of time pressures, three engravers (John  Carmichael, H C Jervis, and Clayton) were asked to each engrave a single value. Clayton got to engrave the 1d value. Whilst his work was used for the eventual stamp, it still lacked the quality of the engravings of the other two engravers, which is probably why he never got to engrave another stamp.

You will find Robert Clayton's database HERE.

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