A boulder-wielding giant and a fire-breathing dragon are just two of the illustrations on Royal Mail’s stunning Mythical Creatures stamps.
Issued on June 16, the six stamps feature fantastical characters from the UK’s rich history of folklore and legend, brought to life by the artist Dave McKean.
Look closely at his astonishing set of illustrations and the imagination is quickly working overtime; which is probably why these creatures - and the stories behind them – have such an enduring appeal.
The stamps – two 1st Class, two 62p and two 90p - were designed by Morgan Radcliffe.
The fiery breath of a frightening dragon contrasts with the majestic stone-grey appearance of a unicorn on the 1st Class stamps, and there’s an even bigger contrast on the 62p stamps, as a boulder-carrying giant is paired with a snail-riding pixie.
Queen Mab takes the reins of her flying chariot representing fairies on the first 90p stamp, and is joined by the graceful blue-tinged form of a mermaid.
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