Searle himself has been inspired by a wide array of artists, cartoonist and caricaturists. Searle's own private collection of art contains works by Caracci, Cruickshank, Grosz, Gillray,
There are a handful of key artists and cartoonists whose influence can be detected in his work.
Searle certainly owes a debt to contemporaries such as Andre Francois, Sempe and of course Saul Steinberg.
'Homage au Steinberg'
Through his 50s imprint Perpetua Searle published an academic volume on Toulouse Lautrec and later an illustrated hommage
to the short statured ladies man.
In 1977 Searle made a series of studies
after Watteau for a medallion design he was working on for the French Mint.
Perhaps Searle's greatest idol is of course Picasso. He made a couple of Punch covers in a Picasso-esque style and even a series of portraits of Picasso in the style of other modern masters.
Punch 29th June 1960
Photographs of the originals in the Searle Archive, Hanover
Portrait of Picasso in the style of Henry Moore
Portrait of Picasso in the style of Graham Sutherland
Portrait of Picasso in the style of Augustus John
Portrait of Picasso in the style of John Bratby
Punch 24th October 1956
Searle seemed to take great delight in working in a Picasso-like fashion. Punch valued Searle's contribution such that it wouldn't surprise me if it was his idea to make these hommages to the greatest living painter of the time.
A Picasso-esque interpretation of John Everett Millais' 'The Boyhood of Raleigh'
Sir Edwin Landseer's 'Monarch of The Glen'
Franz Hals' 'Laughing Cavalier'
Ever versatile Searle emulates Francis Bacon and L. S. Lowry for a Punch satirical 'Arts Takeover'
Riffing on Frans Hals' 'The Anatomy Lesson'
for the 1955 Punch Almanack's 'Christmas Cards: An Advance Selection II'
'It was Christmas Day in the Workhouse' in the style of Graham Sutherland for the 1955 Punch Almanack
In this illustration for TV Guide
again we see Searle using Picasso's motifs, in this case elements of 'Guernica'
See also Stephen Nadler's article
on a 'triplicate' cartoon from The New Yorker featuring Searle