St. Pierre artist's proof French art series artist's proof - 1979 miniature

Topical Artist's Proofs

These pages feature a selection of over 700 of my favorite topical artist's proofs.

French Art

The French art series of the 1960s to early 1970s features attractive paintings, large-size stamps, and detailed engraving. Many were printed in 6 (rather than 3) colors using the T.D. 6 process and have a separate "negative" artist's proof for the 3 additional colors. This section shows 200 artist's proofs from the French art series of 1964-99.

French Europa

This section shows over 160 artist's proofs of French Europa stamps issued from 1956-1996. The earlier issues feature the common designs used on stamps issued by several EU members and are among the most attractive abstract designs used on French stamps.


The ship stamps artist's proofs gallery shows images of more than 300 ship proofs from FSAT, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna, and Mali issued between 1967 and 2005.



Between 1970 and 1975, Congo, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, and Niger each issued series of 3-4 engraved stamps depicting train locomotives. They were engraved by Andréotto, Aufschneider, Durrens, Haley, and Monvoisin. More than 170 of these artist's proofs in various colors are shown.

Other Topics

A selection of images of other topical artist's proofs, such as animals, automobiles, Concorde, famous people, stamps on stamps, and UPU is also shown.