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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.


Monday, August 27, 2018

Diverting History

In 1951 Searle collaborated with UK animation studio Halas & Batchelor to create a film version of William Cowper's story 'The Diverting History of John Gilpin'. British readers can now view the film at this link.

The drawings were later released in an illustrated edition. See them here

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Greetings

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Searle's hometown of Cambridge have a range of Searle greetings cards in their shop here