One of Searle's long running 'characters' was the reindeer which he used to great comic effect on multiple occasions. A relative of Searle's similarly pathetic horse motif, the reindeer says everything about the human condition.
Young Elizabethan magazine, January 1959
Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog
This later cover was used as the basis for this promotional snow globe.
...and here's a version of the image sans reindeer
Christmas card design 1992
This piece is in the art collection of the British Parliament 'The ancient and rather touching ceremony of proceeding towards Christmas' 2009
A seminal influence on the young Ronald Searle was the work of George Grosz. Apparently he took a small book of Grosz's work to war when he enlisted. Recently sold at auction: an original drawing given to Searle by the wife of one of his artistic idols George Grosz.
GEORGE GROSZ (GERMAN 1983-1959) FEMALE NUDE
Taken from a sketchbook dated 1912/1913, with pencil inscription from the family of the artist to Ronald Searle, pen and ink on paper
The sheet 23cm x 18cm (9in x 7in)
Note: The work is inscribed 'for Ronald Searle, To remember the placing of the Grosz plaque in Berlin on 6 December 1977, from Martin and Peter Grosz and his wife'. It is also inscribed by Ronald Searle to the reverse 'by George Grosz, taken from a sketchbook, dated 1912/1913, by Peter Grosz, Berlin, 7 December 1977, RS.'