Czeslaw Slania (pronounced
Chess-wav Swan-ya) was born in Silesia, Poland in 1921. He entered the
Cracow School of Fine Arts in 1945. Employed by the Polish Government
Printing Works, Slania engraved his first stamp for Poland in 1951. He
came to Sweden in 1959, and engraved a stamp for Sweden in 1959.
Slania formally joined the Swedish Postal Service as a full time
engraver in 1960. Since then, he has been appointed Royal Court
Engraver in Sweden, Denmark and Monaco, and won numerous awards for
both the beauty, speed and proliferation of his engravings. Because of
the number of items he has engraved and their beauty, Czeslaw Slania
is the world's most famous engraver.
The souvenir sheet is thousandth engraved postage stamp
by Slania. The design is based on “The Great Deeds by Swedish Kings,”
by David Klöcher von Ehrenstrahl (1628-1698), painted in 1695. The
original is in the Drottingholm Palace in Stockholm.
Slania also engraved eight stamps for the United States.
Princess of Monaco, Actress
Secretary of State
Surrender of Gen. John Burgoyne ~ 1777
John Trumbull, 1824