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Sunday, February 07, 2010

HOLIDAY magazine: Morocco 1965

Searle's Morocco drawings for HOLIDAY were never published in the magazine although several made it into print in book collections of Searle's work. Here's a rare treat for Searle fans: photos of the sketches he made on location which were the basis for the worked up paintings.
















Back at his hotel in the evenings Searle would work up finished illustrations based on his location sketches, notes and ideas.

















The Morocco series is quite atypical of Searle's style-featuring an even broader, looser stye than usual with watercolour washes used more than line-work. This is especially apparent in the next example, photographed from the original in the collection of Monica Searle.

9 comments:

AMIN said...

very nice draw !
good works ! :)

Kris Wiltse said...

Thank you for posting these at USk and here on your blog. What a wonderful treat. Beautiful sketches with so much character.

Deb said...

So cool to see Ronald Searle's working sketches, and to see how he uses washes for modeling before making his final ink sketches. Thanks for posting these! You must have had a wonderful visit with him.

Docnad said...
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Docnad said...

It's great to be able to see this preliminary and finished work, hidden from view for four and a half decades! Nicely done, Matt

Isabel said...

great to be able to see this work. I really love his work and had never seen his travelling sketches, thank you for sharing

Margaret@studio1482.com said...

What a joy to see! Thank you!

CrowPie said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! Thank you for sharing this!!

June said...

still lovin' it!!!