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'.
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