This postcard is an illustration from Beatrix Potter's book Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (1917), and features the amiable guinea-pig "and his whiskers and buttons very big". It arrived with matched stamps on the back, from this set, issued by Royal Mail on 28 July 2016.
|The Tale of Petter Rabbit (1902)|
The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (1905)
I confess I had not read Beatrix Potter tales as a child. As a lot of illustrators, I discovered and enjoyed them as an adult. Petter Rabbit, however, has been a very popular character since 1893. It was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter's former governess Annie Carter Moore; then published in 1902. Royal Mail considered he deserved a special set of four stamps (issued the same day).
But also in 1993, he had appeared on a stamp:
And it wasn't the only time. Even Japan has issued stamps about Beatrix Potter's characters!
The rest of the stamps of 2016's set that I have got:
|The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)|
|The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)|
|The Tale Of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)|