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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Six Animal Plays

'Six Animal Plays' by Frank Carpenter (1953).  The foreword is by Christopher Fry whose 'A Phoenix Too Frequent' 'The Dark is Light Enough' and 'A Sleep Of Prisoners' were also illustrated by Searle.

Thanks to Matthew Dawson for the scans and links.  Matt notes the similarity between Searle's Clever Owl and Tom Oreb's design of the owl teacher in Ward Kimball's 'Toot, Whistle, Plunk & Boom' (1953)







'A Tale of Good Faith'

'The Magic Owl'


'Doctor Fox'


'The Sick Fox'


'The Tiger In The Wood'


'Day of Good Deeds'

3 comments:

cartoonretro said...

What a treat. Never seen this, it must be a rare one.
Thanks,
Shane

UM said...

I've seen a few of these originals at auction and they sold for very little. Chris Beetles has one on offer, I believe.

Matthew Cruickshank said...

I really love these illustrations. They seem simpler and more direct than Searles other work.