The Post Office established an informal group (Sir Donald Banks, Director General of the Post Office; Lord Kenneth Clark, Director of the National Gallery; and Sir Stephen Tallents, Public Relations Officer for the Post Office) to commission and select the design for the Silver Jubilee issue. At the end of July, 1934 they drew up a list of instructions for competing artists
- Four face values ½d; 1d; 1½d; 2½d
- Dimensions: 1.3 x 1.1 inches (height x width)
- Design to include
- space for King's head (to be submitted by BPO)
- words '1910-1935'; 'Silver Jubilee'; ' Postage'
A decision was also made for the stamps to be printed in photogravure (First occasion for a commemorative issue). The colours were to approximate those in use of equivalent definitives.
Initially 9 artists were invited to submit designs. All were rejected and they and another 6 artists were approached for further submissions. Barnett Freedman
was the successful designer.
Official Submissions and Designs
The below table and pictures lists the unsuccessful artists and their designs. Scans of the submissions are available for those artists highlighted in blue.