Sold at Bonhams NYC, 5th December
'A series of three original watercolors, "Commercial Christmas," "Office
Parties," and "Giftmanship," unused illustrations for the article
"Christmas Lifemanship," Holiday Magazine, c.1960, watercolor, India
ink and pencil, 253 x 365 mm, each numbered ("1"-"3") and titled by the
artist in ink at bottom, some soiling, discolored along edges.
trio of humorous sketches lampooning holiday etiquette: a secretary
presents a toy Santa Claus to her boss in "Commercial Christmas"; a sexy
young woman with a much older man "showing that you are in the secret
confidence of the managing director"; and another beauty in evening gown
pushing her Christmas present for her husband—a gift-wrapped
wheelchair—in "Giftmanship. 'Slightly unflattering.'" During his early
career, Mr. Knight was enthralled with the Punch cartoons of Searle,
particularly the Belle's of St. Trinian's series. "He did these
dreadful, vicious little schoolgirls terrifying their teachers," Mr.
Knight told The Easthampton Star. "I loved the wicked style, and
in the early '50s began doing contemporary drawings along those lines."
Eloise in her little uniform owes much to the Englishman's pint-sized
-Bonhams (original page here
Ronald Searle 1920-2011: 'Oil Leak',
signed, cartoon in pen and ink on board, with dedication "David, Don't look at this with a professional eye! This is just a souvenir of the Monte Carlo jaunt - with best wishes from Ronald 1968', 36 x 47cm, in card mounted display with copies of Searle's artwork designs for the titles of 'Those Daring Young Men in the Jaunty Jalopies' (working title) and scanned images of David Watson clowning with Dudley Moore and some of the film crew.
Sold at Sotheby's July 10th 2018
Sold June 28th, UK
Sold June 2, NY
Sold March 6th, UK
A magazine cover design for the winter number of ‘Town & Country’ in 1948 by Ronald Searle