In this Portrait Story, well-known historian Maarten van Rossem gives a remarkable lesson in Dutch history based on three stamps with portraits of Dutch people.

Van Rossem: ‘Postage stamps are a highly interesting and highly undervalued aspect of Dutch culture. Some of our stamp issues can be seen as a living National Portrait Gallery. What they depict is after all a reflection of what was considered important [at the time of issue]. I couldn’t resist choosing people who are not world famous in Dutch history, but who, in my opinion, should be world famous’.


The mini-exhibition PORTRAITS WITH AN EDGE is a remarkable Dutch history lesson by Maarten van Rossem. His love for history, stamps and the National Portrait Gallery comes together in his personal selection of the ten most remarkable people who have ever appeared on a Dutch stamp.

The Dutch National Portrait Gallery shows these portraits in the Portrait Gallery Studio on the Marineterrein in Amsterdam, all accompanied by Van Rossem’s signature commentaries.

15 July till 25 September from Fri – Sun from 1 – 4pm.
Portrait Gallery Studio, Kattenburgerstraat 5, building 003D, 1018 JA Amsterdam.

Read more about the exhibition here.

All image credits you find here.