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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Rakes Progress pt.2

A couple months back I hooked up with fellow Searle fan Pete Western for a visit to the Prints & Drawings dept. at the British Museum in London. They hold the entire collection of the original drawings for Searle's 'The Rakes Progress'. There are several boxes of drawings & we only had time to look through a couple. The museum allowed us to photograph the drawings for personal use only as the copyright resides with the artist. Mr Searle granted me permission to publish the photos so I hope the British Museum is OK with this post.


It was enlightening to see the original artwork. The printed pages tend to lose a lot of the nuance of Searle's drawings. But in the photographs you can see the various media & techniques he used.


Here's a scan of a page from the printed book.


Click on the image to see the enlarged detail.
















I was surprised to see that this one was drawn without ink at all but in crayon.



Thanks to Pete for the excellent photographs. More to come soon . . .

Part 1 of 'The Rake's Progress' here.

3 comments:

UM said...

When I went to see the originals, I was so blown away with Searle's ingenious ink technique. When you study old ink drawings, one can see there are certain rules the artist learns to create depth and focus. Searle's style is so rough and loose but all the rules are there, interpreted in his own unique way. The originals are so much more intricate, but all drawn with the knowledge of how they would reproduce. Breathtaking stuff, it really is.

edhead said...

great post as always - and also great new banner!

Nevena Nikolacheva NEN said...

sweet :))