This Vintage Print is not the Limited Edition, Which was Issued in Size of 6 5/8" X 9 1/8". A brief history about this stamp as follows.
In 1959, Maynard learned the Federal Duck Stamp Competition program was encouraging artists to enter designs featuring a retrieving dog. The government felt this would emphasize the dog's roll in conservation by retrieving wounded or dead ducks that would otherwise be lost.
It had been 8 years since Maynard had entered the Duck Stamp Competition so he decided to try again. He chose King Buck, a Labrador Retriever, and National Retrieving Champion owned by John Olin.Making sketches of the dog at his home at Nilo Kennels, Maynard designed the stamp and submitted it to the contest. He won again making this the third win in only four tries.
Many have called this stamp the most popular of all the duck stamps. Black and white wash and tempera drawing of a Labrador retriever carrying a Mallard by Maynard Reece, the first artist to win the competition three times. Born in Arnolds Park, Iowa, Reece is best known for his waterfowl depiction. He has won an unparalleled number of Duck Stamp competitions, five in all, and has also illustrated several books.
The first one, "Iowa Fish and Fishing, " made such an impression that "Life" magazine invited him to paint the game fish of North America for a special color spread. Also a writer, he has written and illustrated "The Waterfowl Art of Maynard Reece" and The Upland Bird Art of Maynard Reece. Continuing to live in Iowa, he is active in environmental conservation. Frame size 17 3/4 inches W X 13 3/4 inches H, brown wooden frame, matted under glass, ready to hang.
The item "Maynard Reece(1920-)Artist, Iowa, 1959 $3 Federal Duck Stamp Print King Buck" is in sale since Tuesday, June 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "peppytrixie" and is located in Brentwood, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.