The faces of some of Britain's most celebrated figures are to feature on a new set of stamps, it was revealed yesterday.
The special commemorative stamps are being released to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the National Portrait Gallery.
Each of the ten first-class stamps are miniature versions of works of art which hang in the central London gallery.
Stamp enthusiasts will be able to get their hands on the mini-masterpieces tomorrow when they are issued by the Royal Mail.
Portraits of ten of the nation's most famous men and women were selected to appear on the stamps.
Among the famous faces are William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Darwin, Emmeline Pankhurst and Virginia Woolf.
The Shakespeare Chandos portrait featured on one of the stamps was the first ever painting in the gallery's collection.
Julietta Edgar, head of special stamps at Royal Mail, said: "The fantastic variety of personalities on the stamps all possess the shared quality of having made a significant contribution in their field."
Virginia Nicholson, great niece of Virginia Woolf, said: "My great-aunt was one of the greatest English letter writers, so it's entirely appropriate that her image should now appear on our nation's stamps.
"She would have been flattered and surprised to be honoured beside writers of the stature of Sir Walter Scott, TS Eliot and of course Shakespeare.
" I a m delighted that the Royal Mail has placed her in the pantheon of great British figures from all walks of life."
Other figures appearing on the stamps are Sir Joshua Reynolds, TS Elliot, Mary Seacole, Dame Cicely Saunders and Charles Darwin.