Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Recent finds


Ronald Searle Slightly Foxed But Still Desirable: the wicked world of book collecting "Full sheep of indeterminate age"

'In the gardens of the Palais Royals, Paris' (1979)

'Farm, Ashley Falls' (April, 1963)

'Hail, hail to thee Great Golden Snail' (1968)

'Insect Play'

'Paraguayan Dictator' HOLIDAY magazine (1969)

'The Stalls'

'The Mourners Mourned'

Hello Ronald

British cartoonist Ronald Searle (1920 - 2011), the creator of the St Trinian's School cartoons, gets a surprise visit from actress Hattie Jacques (1922 - 1980) at his studio in Bayswater, September 1952. Jacques is appearing in the' revue 'The Bells of St Martins' at the St Martin's Theatre, as a St Trinian's schoolgirl. (Photo by George Konig

'The Seductress' (sold at auction)

'For Neck Tumor...' from "take One Toad' (sold at auction)

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Jazz Man

Sketches of 'The King of New Orleans Jazz' Al Hirt found during research on my book 'Ronald Searle's America'.

Sketchbook pages courtesy of Chris Beetles Gallery, London.

Searle was on assignment in New Orleans for HOLIDAY magazine.

 I found the original in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian and they kindly provided a hi-res image for the book. The reproduction in HOLIDAY magazine omitted Searle's notation 'Al Hirt at Dan's Pier 600, New Orleans'.