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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

American Gothic








 Searle's 'Atlantic City' sketchbook.


  Searle's 'Catskills' sketchbook.






  Searle's 'Hawaii' sketchbook.






Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Correspondence


Illustrated Autograph Letter Signed, to Irving, thanking him for the Eliot cutting and hoping to visit, joking that they were going to send a dove out to look for him instead of dry land. With a large illustration of a man holding a balloon. 1 page, single large 8vo sheet; mat burn. London, 27 September 1948 




British Artist and Satirical Cartoonist. A.L.S., Ronald, one page, 4to, London, 30th July 1952, to Nicolas Bentley ('Dear Nick') on the printed stationery of Perpetua Limited. Searle informs his correspondent that he didn't fully enjoy a book, commenting 'It's difficult when you dislike almost every character. Still - it was interesting - and well written.' He further informs Bentley that he has to go away until the end of August on a couple of features, 'but meanwhile you could be looking out a drawing which would make an American laugh for £10', explaining, 'The wife of a big New York advertising man (Mr. Henry Bach of Henry Bach Associates!) [Inc. Inc.] wants me to get for her one or two originals of cartoons to hang in their apartment over there. (no commission!) She fell in love with your trotting passenger in the Sedan chair - but we weren't parting with it. So anything like.' In concluding Searle asks 'Did I tell you we are doing the odd book under this firm? Our first on dramatic criticism, critics and such subjects will be out in October and we hope it will sweep the profession! If it doesn't we'll have to give it away with ice creams in the Interval. Any way we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves.' VG
Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) British Author and Illustrator, best known for his humorous cartoon drawings in books and magazines of the 1930s and 1940s.



British Artist and Satirical Cartoonist. A.L.S., Ronald, two pages, 4to, Paris, 21st June 1975, to Nicolas Bentley ('Dear Nick'). Searle states that he was delighted to hear from his friend and remarks 'I don't know a thing about the OMNIBUS film & haven't seen it....So it was marvellous to have a spontaneous reaction like that from you & to know that you didn't consider it a waste of time to have chatted out once and for all some of those thoughts that go round in the head - but are usually kept out of sight. I must confess I hesitated over the idea for a long time because I much prefer to remain a private person. People call it 'secretive'. But it is not. I'm all for cutting out the inessentials & getting some peace & quiet.' Searle continues to refer to his wife's illness and further adds 'By the way - she is a great detective fiction buff. A couple of weeks ago she tracked down a first edition of Trent's Last Case through a second hand bookseller & she asked me to tell you how much she enjoyed Floating Dutchman. Now she is chasing your others as it made her thirst to read more. She combs almost every second hand bookseller's catalogue in GB. Her form of regular treasure hunting.', also commenting on his own work, 'I get tired too easily now. I work more tranquilly now - & the work may be better for it. But noise drives me mad & I am obviously showing signs of wear.' In concluding Searle reflects 'And why didn't they knight you instead of the amateur Lancaster? Shaming I thought, that the only signs of recognition to the profession - apart from Low on his deathbed - in the last 20 years, should be Giles & Osbert. Or do they only read the Daily Express? Pathetic.' A letter of interesting content. 



British Artist and Satirical Cartoonist. Vintage signed and inscribed 9 x 7 photograph of Searle seated outdoors in a full length pose alongside another gentleman. Signed in bold blue fountain pen ink across a light area of the image, 'To Walter Alford, Souvenir of a pleasant 'Monte Carlo' day in Rome, with best wishes, Ronald Searle' and dated August 1968 in his hand.






Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Dummy Copies

Two intriguing manuscript books designed by Ronald Searle went for auction over the summer; 'dummy' copies of a Molesworth book ' Down With Skool!' and 'The Terror of St Trinian's'. It's fascinating to see Searle's thorough preparation for each project he worked on. I'd love to see more images if the buyer is reading this...

MANUSCRIPT. - Ronald SEARLE (illustrator) and Geoffrey WILLANS. Down With Skool! [N.p.: n.d. but circa 1953]. 98pp. original typed manuscript, loose leaf (257 x 198mm.) containing original Ronald Searle drawings in ink on approximately two thirds of the manuscript pages. (Red crayon cancel lines through all the leaves, browning, corner creases.) Tie-bound to top corner. Note: 'Down With Skool' is the first of the four 'Nigel Molesworth' novels that Searle illustrated for Geoffrey Willans. - And a further book by Ronald Searle and 'Timothy Shy' (a 'dummy' copy of 'The Terror of St. Trinians', 1952, 8vo) (2).




















Publisher’s ‘dummy’ copy of The Terror of St Trinian’s, Ronald Searle’s first joint effort with Timothy Shy, aka D B Wyndham Lewis. Every illustration and printed text carefully pasted into place, complete with handwritten corrections and comments





Sunday, March 24, 2019

Brexit!

I don't know what Searle would've made of Brexit (he lived in France the latter half of his life) but here's a picture celebrating the United Kingdom on the weekend where a million marched to remain in the EU.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Illustrators 2018

Chris Beetles Gallery in London has their annual show which usually features a selection of Searle originals. Check out this year's batch here

HAND PAINTED PLATE SIGNED WITH INITIALS ON REVERSE
6 1/2 INCHES CIRCULAR
PROVENANCE: GIVEN BY RONALD SEARLE TO FRANK BRADBURN

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Master of English Caricature

Master of English Caricature' - Ronald Searle for The Guardian, 21st September, 1963. (From @alecemerges on Twitter)


Friday, October 05, 2018

A Dip into the Portfolios of Ronald Searle

Here's a good find by @ephemeracity on Twitter. The catalog of a 1966 exhibition with bargain prices on original Searle artwork!









Another Twitter find from Chris Fowler 
A letter from Searle to his agent discussing the exhibtion.