Friday, March 28, 2008


The artist described this medal as a 'Medal in Commemoration of a Mini-drama. No. 1 in a series of Great Classical trivialities', and added 'I feel that it is rather appropriate that there can be an occasion when a satirist can deflate himself publicly and take a little of what he likes to deal out to others!' The snake around Laocošn forms the figures '7' and '0'.

As a POW, 1943

Perhaps a self-portrait from Searle's variation on Hogarth's 'The Rake's Progress', originally published in PUNCH magazine.

Searle did not study at the Royal College of Art but this must have been based on his art school days in Cambridge.

Searle did indeed design the Chelsea Arts Club Ball.

Searle appears in the The Great Fur Opera: Annals of the Hudson's Bay Company 1670-1970

Searle & co. entering the hallowed Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

'Portrait of the artist painting his own foot'.

One of Searle's final self portraits as he reached his 90th birthday

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ronald Searle: A Photographic Portrait

A very young Searle as an art student in Cambridge.

Photograph:John Vickers

Searle on German TV in the 50s.

Cartoonist Ronald Searle, creator of the St Trinian's stories, in the audience at a play at Acton Reynold girl's school near Shrewsbury. Original Publication - 07 Aug 1950 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Getty Images)

8th July 1950 - 08 Jul 1950 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)

8th July 1950 - 08 Jul 1950 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images) Searle with pupils at Acton Reynold girl's school near Shrewsbury, during his visit to the school.

Searle's kids watching him draw Mr Punch. He appears to be working on the cover artwork for the April 6th edition 1955.

"Can't let this image slip below the fold without at least one comment. I love it because it represents Old Britain and New Britain meeting circa 1963 or so. Beaton the established fashion/portrait photographer, Searle the young "radical" cartoonist -- finding common ground, I suppose, in a flawless graphic composition, with that bright red lamp popping out of the image. Nice find."
Comment from estiv on TomSutpen's blog

01 Jan 1956 (Photo by Baron/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

by Madame Yevonde bromide print, 19597 in. x 9 3/8 in. 178 mm x 239

Ronald & Monica Searle in Rome in the 60s on location for 'Monte Carlo Or Bust'

Exhibition Catalogue 1971

Published on 3 October 1971 this Sunday Telegraph Magazine contains 88 pages, with main articles including:
* Thirty Years After St Trinians – Martin Amis talks to satirist Ronald Searle, creator of the St Trinians’ schoolgirls, about his past and his life as a serious artist. Photographs by Shaun Skelly.