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


illustrationISM.... said...

I love the 'line-work' on the POW drawing! Do you think he had an actual pen
a (bamboo) stick? the effect and variance of the lines is stunning!

Mark Jaquette @

Chloe Cumming said...

Thank you again for putting these up. It makes me want to get my wit circuits into gear. No one seems quite this good or quite as in touch with physical ink and physical lines these days.