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France’s guidelines for stamp design were so much stricter than Pierre Béquet was used to for the French Southern and Antarctic Territories. All corrections demanded by the French Post had to be implemented or else the job would go to someone else. It is therefore no wonder that his favourite French stamp was the 1972 issue to mark the bicentenary of the discovery of the Crozet Islands and Kerguelen. His essay was accepted and when he was asked how he would like to proceed, Béquet answered: "By having my artwork accepted without any changes to the design and/or colours". This request was granted, and the stamp was eventually issued exactly how Béquet had envisaged it.
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While working on that long-running series of French stamps promoting tourism, Pierre Béquet got again the chance to model a number of stamps after his own ideas, creating a little mini series within the series. The stamps in question are those depicting the Saint-Jean in Lyon and the Notre Dame in Louviers (both 1981) and Ripaille Castle (1982). Béquet engraved those three buildings in exactly the way one would see them when standing in front of them. Printed in monochrome against a white background, they really are like classic engravings and work both in that way, showing off the engraving quality, and in the way that they stand out from more usual depictions of buildings. For the Ripaille Castle stamp, Béquet received his fourth Grand Prix de l’Art Philatélique.
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