Saturday, November 21, 2015


Searle functioned in various capacities for Punch magazine throughout the 50s. I've posted his theatre caricatures, Searle's Eye View, political page and cover art. He also made cartoon spot illustrations for humorous stories and more realistic illustrations for reports.

Punch January 28, 1959

'Tails Optional' by Eric Keown May 20, 1959

'Tails Optional' by Eric Keown May 20, 1959

Oct 16, 1957
A sensational drawing marking a visit to the U.S. by Queen Elizabeth II
(original exhibited at the London Cartoon Museum 2010)

November 5, 1951

May 2, 1956

 May 23, 1956

These are several illustrations that accompanied a story by Tom Girtin entitled 'Angels Unaware' in the May 16th, 1956 issue of Punch.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Searle in Cambridge

 I realized the Searle exhibition at the Fitzwilliam had published a catalogue and swiftly put in an order which arrived this week. It's a slim but important volume with revealing text from those involved with curating the show and its complimentary exhibition at the Anglia Ruskin art school, Searle's alma mater. There are words from Ronald's Literary Agent Rachel Calder delightfully describing visits to the Searles. Also Professor of illustration at Anglia Ruskin Martin Salisbury  and Jane Munro Keeper Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam, and an introduction by Quentin Blake.
The catalogue contains several photographs from Searle's personal collection revealing his day to day concerns and disciplined work ethic. You can order from the museum online store here

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Lord Mayor's Show

Twitter turned up a great find: Searle's design for a Sadler's Wells float as part of the 1967 Lord Mayor's Show. Twitter user @dominic_reid posted the design (click to enlarge) and the video below where we can see the finished design in colour.

Of course Searle depicted valkyries on several occasions

'Sleeping Valkyrie'