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César Manrique's proposals for the King's Flag (Spain)

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In page 16 of a number of Banderas are shown two flags that easily rank as the strangest hoistable stuff I have ever seen. Their designer, [late] Spanish architect/artist César Manrique, wrote in a letter to Spanish vexillogist Jesús Ruiz de Burgos:

I enclose one of the flags I've designed for the ship of His Majesty the King [of Spain]. With it I wanted to symbolize the very democratic Spanish monarchy. The main motives of this symbology are the sea, a fish, the beach and the Royal Crown reflected on the sea. The arrangement I made, transforming the colors and the shapes in a constituent part of the very sea symbology results, in my opinion, in a new conception of the very identity of a flag.
Illustrating this text were two drawings. In the first flag, the motives referred [to] in the text are not visible. It is maybe some other flag o[r] the reverse of the following [one]. I assumed the pole to be on the left side... The other image shows the motives referred [to] in the text (sea, fish and crown), but I am quite sure that it was erroneously printed upside down — I am sending also the supposed corrected version. Ditto about (...) pole side. Since the flag on Banderas wasn't rectangular (!) and had a little indent, I used grey for the transparent, background colour.

António Martins, 2 November 1998

Proposal no. 1

[César Manrique's proposal for the King of Spain, no.1]
by António Martins

Proposal no. 2

[César Manrique's proposal for the King of Spain, no.2 (Banderas)]
by António Martins

Proposal no. 2, possible correct version

[César Manrique's proposal for the King of Spain, no.2 (upside down)]
by António Martins