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Ronald Searle: A Biography
     

Ronald Searle: A Biography

by Russell Davies
 
Ronald Searle is England's most famous cartoonist, and the professionals' choice. Ask any contemporary cartoonist who is the greatest in the post-war era and the unanimous reply will be, Ronald Searle of course! This volume, published to coincide with a retrospective exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery in London, showcases more than 200 of Searle's distinctive

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Ronald Searle is England's most famous cartoonist, and the professionals' choice. Ask any contemporary cartoonist who is the greatest in the post-war era and the unanimous reply will be, Ronald Searle of course! This volume, published to coincide with a retrospective exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery in London, showcases more than 200 of Searle's distinctive illustrations. Every single aspect of his great genius and range is represented: early 1940s Lilliput cartoons; harrowing first-hand sketches from Changi Gaol and the Siam-Burma Railway; 1950s St. Trinian's girls' school horrors; the inimitable Molesworth, the ultimate 1950s schoolboy; and Punch cartoons from the 1950s-1970s demonstrating that Searle is now better than ever.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This comprehensive and richly illustrated biography chronicles the life and work of the well-known British cartoonist, who turned 70 in 1990. The offspring of Searle's macabre imagination are here, including the wicked schoolgirls of St. Trinians, the spindly, goggle-eyed people caught up in all manner of grotesque and exasperating predicaments, the roguish animals and the demented-looking public figures. Davies examines the many sobering events in Searle's life that have influenced his art--his complicated relationship with his first wife and children, his second wife's near-fatal battle with cancer and his long incarceration in a Japanese prison camp in Singapore during WW II, which he documented in graphically detailed drawings. There are many black-and-white and color reproductions of the artist's work, as well as photographs of Searle and his family, and the descriptive captions that freelance journalist Davies provides for the illustrations are as illuminating as his well researched and very readable text. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856190046
Publisher:
Trafalgar Square
Publication date:
12/01/1991
Pages:
192

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