Mike Leigh Daily Telegraph article online
Dennis Hall of Parrot Press Editions sent me this article he wrote on Searle for an arts magazine he contributes to- 'Parenthesis'.
I must start updating with some of the material generous folk have contributed lately. First up cartoonist Leo Rios found a couple of original Searles in the local Museo della Caricatura in Tolentino, Italy.
'The Academician' is from Mr Rothman's New Guide to London (Rothmans Of Pall Mall London 1965)
From Chris Madden's blog 'a rarely seen early Searle on these pages. It was drawn when he was 18 years old.
The picture dates back to Searle’s early years in Cambridge. He wasn’t a student there – he just happened to live in the town (His father was a porter at Cambridge railway station at the time of his birth). He managed to get a job as a cartoonist on the local Cambridge paper and also indulged his interest in art by drawing portraits (not quite caricatures at this early stage) for the Cambridge University magazine The Granta.
Here's another early one that popped up on eBay recently-
I'm not sure what it's promoting but it looks South American . . .