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Original ballpoint pen drawing of a pike on an original 1983 Royal Mail first day cover with four stamps from the British River Fishes series - 29p perch, 26p Trout, 19 1/2p Pike and 15 1/2 p Salmon.

On a gloomy winter's morning I went for a potter around a local town which has a lot of antique, vintage and retro shops and came across a few Royal Mail First Day Covers (an envelope bearing a stamp or set of stamps postmarked on their day of issue) and had to buy them.
At the time I had no idea what I was going to do with them. It was a little while later after making some sketches of animals in ballpoint pen (a much underrated drawing tool in my opinion) that the idea of a pike swimming came to mind. It's an unusual surface to use in artwork but I feel it adds depth and interest to the end work and I have several ideas brewing for my next ones!

This original artwork is signed on the front and accompanied by an individual signed certificate of authenticity. Care notes are also included to help you make the most of your purchase. See additional photos for details.

All items will be posted within two working days of placing the order in suitable packaging to ensure it arrives undamaged and will be sent using:
UK: Royal Mail special delivery, 1 day delivery in most cases.
EUROPE: Parcel Force Worldwide, 3-5 days delivery in most cases.
WORLDWIDE: Parcel Force Worldwide, 6-11 days delivery in most cases.
This artwork will be shipped folded, to save on postage costs.
N.B. Customs fees and duties are the responsibility of the recipient. They vary from country to country but can be calculated at

Any questions please just ask, click on the 'Contact Tracie Callaghan' link to the right, or email me direct at

Materials used:

Ballpoint pen, Original 1983 Royal Mail first day cover stamp

Pike (2016)

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