Tuesday, August 04, 2009
The Rakes Progress pt.2
A couple months back I met up with fellow Searle fan Pete Western for a visit to the Prints & Drawings dept. at the British Museum in London. They hold all the original drawings for Searle's 'The Rakes Progress'. There are several boxes of drawings & we only had time to look through a couple. The museum allowed us to photograph the drawings for personal use only as the copyright resides with the artist. Mr Searle granted me permission to publish the photos so I hope the British Museum is OK with this post. It was enlightening to see the original artwork. The printed pages tend to lose a lot of the nuance of Searle's drawings. But in the photographs you can see the various media & techniques he used. Here's a scan of a page from the printed book. Click on the image to see the enlarged detail. I was surprised to see that this one was drawn without ink at all but in crayon. Thanks to Pete for the excellent photographs. More to come soon . . . Part 1 of 'The Rake's Progress' here.