The reverse of the envelope encapsulates the story = spoiler alert.
But enough of the story for the stamps tell it all.
Top:- 43p Déruchettee 57p Durante Wrecked 58p The Great Storm
Bottom:- 64p The Great Storm 70p Devilfish Octopus 78p Gilliat the Fisherman
The artist, Keith Robinson (who describes himself as a narrative illustrator) has done a number of stamp sets for Guernsey Post illustrating stories as diverse as Sherlock Homes and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to name just two. The original paintings of Toilers of the Sea (and other works) can be seen on his website here, as he illustrates Hugo's portrayal of "the capricious nature of the sea and the human heart" Victor Hugo spent much of his time on Guernsey painting and I think he would have appreciated these tiny marvels.
Victor Hugo dedicated 'The Toilers of the Sea; to the people of Guernsey who provided him refuge "I dedicate this book to the rock of hospitality and liberty, to that portion of old Norman ground inhabited by the noble little nation of the sea, to the island of Guernsey, severe yet kind, my present asylum, my probable tomb"
The window of Hugo's writing room in his home, Hauteville House, looked towards his homeland but he was wrong about Guernsey being his final resting place, he returned to France and now lies with other literary greats in The Panthéon, Paris and when he died his funeral procession was attended by two million people.
|1959 Bank Note with Victor Hugo and Panthéon|
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Books/Authors - read more at See It On A Postcard