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Magyar Posta is issuing a miniature sheet with a surcharge to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the celebrated poet, writer and literary translator. Graphic compositions of quotations from his works and drawings illustrating them appear on the miniature sheet.
I wanted to design a stamp that he would like if he were still alive. Or rather I’d like to think that he would. I was inspired by the introduction to his book Hungarian Etudes written by his wife, ‘This book is a gift. I, too, was given it as a gift. S.W. drew and wrote it for me in the early years of our marriage in as many different coloured inks as he could find. That’s why it became as colourful as an Easter egg. It has always been my favourite present. It is said that love grows the more we share it. It is with this love that I place this book as a gift into the hands of the reader.’ I would like to painting the stamps in the same spirit as shown by the love with which he illustrated and calligraphed the book for Amy Károlyi.