"In your blog you reproduced a 1941 'South American' subject of mine. I can tell you that this was a bookplate for one of the officers of the American troopship USS Mount Vernon that was carrying us to Singapore. His name was Edmund L. Engel (ELE) and his wife's initials were LvBE. Very odd that a copy should turn up, after all these years, on e-bay. He, ELE, died many years ago. We correspondend after the war until his death."
The Daily Telegraph reports on the Searle archive going to Germany.
Valerie Grove's biography of Searle's first wife Kaye Webb was recently published. Interesting summary of their time together in this review.
UK residents can listen to Grove discuss Kaye Webb's life here.
The Searles spent the 1950s surrounded by the most exciting writers and artists of the day. Their striking modern house, filled with curiosities and Searle murals, was the setting for fantastic parties - the guests at one 1952 event included Alec Guinness, Peter Ustinov, Clement Freud and Edward Ardizzone. But in 1961 Searle left his wife with no warning, leaving a note. As Grove shows, she never really got over him.'
Anna Carey in the Irish Times
Anita O Brien, curator of the London Cartoon Museum tells me: "Ronald has donated four originals to the Cartoon Museum collection together with prints of 'More News from Provence', and some Le Monde cartoons plus the collection of pens, pencils and papers which are on display. These are the four the trustees chose. Ronald thought it was a good choice."
(Thanks to Stephen Nadler & Anita O Brien)
Cartoon Brew Amid Amidi has flagged up the CTN-X website where you can now watch my presentation on Searle's work in animation and film titles. The link is here.
You can read another positive review of Valerie Grove's biography of Kaye Webb at the Daily Mail website.
Louis Hellman discusses architecture in Searle's drawings over at the Architects' Journal website.