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.