Oliveira, Benjamin de N/A

Benjamin Oliveira was born in England as the second son of Domingos de Oliveira, a native of Madeira, who married a Miss Jennings and was naturalized in 1811. A business man, writer, philanthropist, Member of Parliament and Director of the British Institution of Beaux arts and Painting, he was greatly interested in promoting good relations between Great Britain and Portugal, and set up a prize of £50 and medal for the best published essay on Portugal in English. The prize was won by Joseph James Forrester, whose essay The Oliveira Prize. Essay on Portugal. London, 1853, went through several editions. The stamp seems also to have been used as a bookplate.

Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Oliveira, Benjamin de (Stamp 1) Motto: Audentior ibo
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: An olive tree
Arms: Quarterly 1 & 4. Gules on a mount an olive tree [vert] (Oliveira) 2 & 3. Azure five escallops in saltire three mullets in base fessways (Calheiros)
Quarterings: 1 & 4. Gules on a mount an olive tree [vert] (Oliveira) 2 & 3. Azure five escallops in saltire three mullets in base fessways (Calheiros)
Heraldic Charges: escallops (5), Heraldic Charges: mount, on a, Heraldic Charges: mullets (3), Heraldic Charges: tree (olive)