There he would sit.
Day after day he would retreat to his shed in the serenity of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire and write.
From that little shed he produced books I loved while growing up: The Twits, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG. Books that remain beloved by children around the world.
And now fans of Roald Dahl, who died in 1990, have the opportunity to own postage stamps featuring scenes from his books.
Behind the suit and tie was one of the world’s finest imaginations
Marking 30 years since the publication of The BFG, the stamps will bear Quentin Blake’s original artwork from a number of Dahl’s favourite works, including a first class stamp featuring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Blake’s superb illustrations are an integral part of the Dahl books.
Blake sits comfortably alongside those other great proponents of children’s art, Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame, and EH Shepard, illustrator of AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books.
We currently have a superb sketch of Winnie-the-Pooh, drawn and signed by Shepard, available for £25,000, while a large signed sketch of Schulz’ much-loved creation, Snoopy, can be yours for the same price.
“My dad wrote thousands of letters home throughout his life and never dreamed that one day one of his own characters would grace a stamp,” Dahl’s daughter Ophelia said.
In terms of worth, their ubiquity should ensure they will never command huge sums in sell-on value, but as you know, the collectibles business is about fun as well as profit.