I suppose it is fair to say that Beatrix Potter is one of GB's national treasures. Her books are known throughout the world and her artwork is instantly recognisable.
Isn't it therefore a shame that, so far, the lady has never been honoured with a stamp issue?! I was reminded of that when I bought the Beatrix Potter prestige booklet from our latest club packet. Not so much for her, mind you, but for the pane with Scottish stamps, to go in my Scotland collection. Okay, I grant you, it is an honour to have a whole prestige booklet dedicated to you, but what this basically means is just a few pictures, no stamps, and it is only seen by the stamp collecting community. Now, there has been the odd value in a set with her work on, one of which is even included in said booklet.
But does that really represent her work as many know it? I doubt it. The stamp is not particularly nice, has a very buzy design, and is in awful colours. I would think that when you think of Potter's work you think of softer colours and of the various characters from her stories. Now, two other panes from the booklet show how (in my humble view anyway) it should have been done. Both tabs show various figures from her stories and these together would have made a most wonderful philatelic tribute to the lady.
But I suppose it'll never come to that......