I'm grateful to Mr Searle for allowing me to photograph & present here pages from the original sketchbook he kept on the set of the film. I'd presented a slideshow of these images at the various presentations I made on Searle's work in animation & film titles. Here for the first time on the blog you can browse through his sketches and notes made while following the production on location around Europe. . .
In the photo below Ronald is sketching at the Rome location accompanied by Monica and director Ken Annakin. I presume the notebook he's holding is the same one I photographed 40 years later. He's probably making the sketch shown above.
Here we can see Searle starting to explore the action of the title sequence.
The roving artist made sure he was on set for the scene where the girls stop to bathe in a river!
Searle even caught the screenwriter of the film, Jack Davies, on set.
You can read a well illustrated review of the film here.