Charles Dickens

The stamps feature iconic characters from some of his most famous novels, including Mr Bumble from Oliver Twist, Mr Micawber from David Copperfield and Captain Cuttle from Dombey and Son.

Six of the stamps feature original illustrations adapted from Character Sketches from Charles Dickens, by Joseph Clayton Clarke (otherwise known as Kyd) and originally published around 1890.

2012 (June 19 2012)

Designed by Howard Brown
Size 27mm (h) x 37mm (v)
Printed by Cartor Security Print
Print Process Lithography
Perforations 14 x 14

Charles Dickens , Vol.49 No.9 (Issue Details)


Charles Dickens 2nd Stamp (2012) Mr Bumble

Mr Bumble

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Mr Bumble is the parish beadle who removes the nine-year-old Oliver Twist from the baby farm and takes him to the workhouse where he is put to work picking oakham. Whenever he opens his mouth Bumble mangles whatever he tries to say.

Charles Dickens 1st Stamp (2012) Mr Pickwick

Mr Pickwick

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Samuel Pickwick, Esquire, is a kind and wealthy old gentleman, and the founder and perpetual president of the Pickwick Club. To extend his researches into the quaint and curious phenomena of life, he suggests that he and three other "Pickwickians" (Mr Nathaniel Winkle, Mr Augustus Snodgrass, and Mr Tracy Tupman) should make journeys to remote places from London and report on their findings to the other members of the club. Their travels throughout the English countryside by coach provide the chief theme of the novel

Charles Dickens 77p Stamp (2012) The Marchioness

The Marchioness

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The Marchioness is the nickname given to the wicked Miss Brass's maidservant by Dick Swiveller, who befriends and later marries her. In the original manuscript it is made explicit that the Marchioness is in fact the illegitimate daughter of Miss Brass, possibly by the novel’s villain Quilp, but only a suggestion of this survived in the published edition.

Charles Dickens 87p Stamp (2012) Mrs Gamp

Mrs Gamp

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Sarah or Sairey Gamp was a nurse. She was dissolute and drunk and became a notorious stereotype of the bad secular nurse in the early Victorian era, before the reforms of campaigners like Florence Nightingale. The caricature was popular with the British public and umbrellas became known as gamps after her own which was displayed with "particular ostentation". The character was based upon a real nurse described to Dickens by his friend, Angela Burdett-Coutts

Charles Dickens £1.28 Stamp (2012) Captain Cuttle

Captain Cuttle

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Captain Edward Cuttle is left in charge of The Midshipman, Solomon Gill’s maritime instrument maker’s shop, when Soloman goes off in search of his nephew Walter Gay. Dombey’s daughter, Florence, later lodges with Cuttle at The Midshipman when she runs away from her father

Charles Dickens £1.90 Stamp (2012) Mr Micawber

Mr Micawber

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Wilkins Micawber was modelled on Dickens's father, John Dickens, who like Micawber was incarcerated in a debtors' prison after failing to meet his creditors' demands.

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