Royal Mail Revealed Stamps on Charles Dicken’s Bicentenary

\"\"The Royal Mail has revealed  two stamps – officially launching in the summer to celebrate the bicentenary of the novelist’s birth. Celebrations are taking place yesterday to mark the bicentenary of the world-renowned author, who lived and died at Gad’s Hill Place, Higham, now Gad’s Hill Independent School.

Each stamp features illustrations from his first novel, The Pickwick Papers (originally serialised and entitled The Posthumous Papers ofPickwick) and his 1838 novel, Nicholas Nickleby.The character of Mr Pickwick forms a set of six stamps featuring original illustrations adapted from Character Sketches from Charles Dickens, by Joseph Clayton Clarke (otherwise known as Kyd) and originally published around 1890).The Nicholas Nickleby stamp will be part of a special Miniature Sheet of four stamps of illustrations by Hablot Knight Brown, (known as Phiz ), who illustrated ten books by the author.

The full set of 10 new stamps will be issued on June 19 and will feature iconic characters from some of his most famous novels, including Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities.

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