Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ronald Searle: A Photographic Portrait

A very young Searle as an art student in Cambridge.

Photograph:John Vickers

Searle on German TV in the 50s.

Cartoonist Ronald Searle, creator of the St Trinian's stories, in the audience at a play at Acton Reynold girl's school near Shrewsbury. Original Publication - 07 Aug 1950 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Getty Images)

8th July 1950 - 08 Jul 1950 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)

8th July 1950 - 08 Jul 1950 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images) Searle with pupils at Acton Reynold girl's school near Shrewsbury, during his visit to the school.

Searle's kids watching him draw Mr Punch. He appears to be working on the cover artwork for the April 6th edition 1955.

"Can't let this image slip below the fold without at least one comment. I love it because it represents Old Britain and New Britain meeting circa 1963 or so. Beaton the established fashion/portrait photographer, Searle the young "radical" cartoonist -- finding common ground, I suppose, in a flawless graphic composition, with that bright red lamp popping out of the image. Nice find."
Comment from estiv on TomSutpen's blog

01 Jan 1956 (Photo by Baron/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

by Madame Yevonde bromide print, 19597 in. x 9 3/8 in. 178 mm x 239

Ronald & Monica Searle in Rome in the 60s on location for 'Monte Carlo Or Bust'

Exhibition Catalogue 1971

Published on 3 October 1971 this Sunday Telegraph Magazine contains 88 pages, with main articles including:
* Thirty Years After St Trinians – Martin Amis talks to satirist Ronald Searle, creator of the St Trinians’ schoolgirls, about his past and his life as a serious artist. Photographs by Shaun Skelly.


The Maniac said...

Several years ago I wrote a letter to Ronald Searle and had one of my biggest thrills of getting a letter in return. My wife thought I had gone mad because I kept running around the house saying over and over, "I got a letter from Ronald Searle. I got a letter from Ronald Searle." Later that same year I sent a Christmas card and got one in return as well. I have both with the collection of his books, some of them first editions. There is no other artist on the planet like Searle. Some have tried to imitate him but there is no other Searle. He is rare and ingenious and I am forever glad I can say that I know him.

Matt J said...

Thnx for your message-Mr Searle is indeed a gracious correspondent conducting all communication by hand written letter or fax! I hope you hung onto that letter?

The Maniac said...

The letter and the Christmas card are tucked away with all of his books that I have. Not even a charging rhino could pull them away from me. And the letter was indeed hand written.

Matt J said...

Did his Xmas card have on it a drawing by him? If so would you consider contributing a scan/photo to this blog?

opi said...

thanks again for this blog.

illustrationISM said...

Where does he live and what's his address?
I would love to send him a card and say how he's inspired me!

SIncerely - Mark Jaquette
p.s. - you can e-mail it to me if you don't want to post it here.

mark @

Xuan Searle said...

Hi umm I’m related to Ronald Searle and have been trying to get in contact with him, I would appreciate it if you could help, could you please sent me Ronald’s address to

Relations- third cousin.

rachel.s.walsh said...

Hi there! That's amazing about him replying to your letter and christmas card! I'm a very big fan of his work, is there any chance you would email me his address? I'm an illustration student and would love to be able to write to him, and am struggling to find out how!
thank you very much if you do email-!

Stewart said...

I have been trying to write to as many of the worlds greatest illustrators and comic artists of late and have been having a hard time obtaining Ronald Searle's address. Can you help? I would love to tell him my thoughts on his magical abilities!
Stewart Patton
Denver Colorado

Stewart said...

Sorry, my email is, thank you very much for your time.
Stewart Patton