Sunday, May 07, 2006


TAKE ONE TOAD is a large format book of 'ancient remedies'. It is notable for its full colour,double page, painted images. Searle is generally known for his masterful, monotone pen & ink drawings so it's always a delight to find colour illustrations by him. The book is embellished with 10 pages of colour illustrations & more than 20 in black & white.
This volume was first published in 1968.

'- a cure for the hiccoughs'

Photographed from the original in the collection of the Wilhelm-Busch Museum, Hanover

Collection J M Bertin

From the German edition


the doodlers said...

Haha! Are there any captions for the illustrations? It's fun to figure out what exactly is going on in them, however I wonder if there are notes in the original book to suppport the pictures...?

For instance, the one in which the fellow seems to be explaining that he's got a sore throat, then ends up getting hanged... That will cure the sore throat for sure!

Searle's colours are sublime. The subtle use of pattern on draperies and such adds dimension.

Joe Corrao 4 Eyed Animation said...

My god! That is the greatest horse ever drawn!