Sunday, May 21, 2006
THE RAKE'S PROGRESS
During the late 40's & 50's Searle worked for British satirical magazine PUNCH. His most famous contribution was his version of Hogarth's 'A Rake's Progress' featuring the rise & fall of many 'modern types'.
They were published in a comic strip format as below.
When Searle eventually started his own publishing outfit, PERPETUA BOOKS, he published the Rake's Progress series collected into one volume.
The following are scans where each panel was published as a single full page.
In August 1973, New York magazine, Town & Country, published a more contemporary saga entitled 'Emergence of MS-tique USA (1973) with a nod to Hogarth's A Rake's Progress' (1733).
The Rake's Progress: The M. F. H. Punch Date: 9 March 1955 -approx 22cm wide x 29cm high (8 1/2 inch x 11 1/4 inch)
1. PROMISE - Serious fall off rocking-horse. Breaks collar-bone.
2. SUCCESS - Photographed by T*atl*r riding in Grind at Oxford. Elated. Takes the Heythrop. Breaks collar-bone.
3. TRIUMPH - Parades hounds, Lord Mayor's Show. Judges hunters at White City. Trips over Duke of Be*uf*rt. Breaks collar-bone.
4. TEMPTATION - Runs fox to ground in neighbouring county. Starts digging. Spotted by rival M.F.H. Reported.
5. DOWNFALL - Expelled from Master of Foxhounds Association. Takes to drink. Thrown out of Hunt Ball. Breaks collar-bone.
6. RUIN - Fails to renew subscription to H*rse and H*und. Gets job as Pest Officer, East Anglia. Falls off bicycle. Breaks neck.