RONALD SEARLE: A signed first edition copy of “This England 1946 – 1949”
Ronald Searle: A signed first edition copy of “This England 1946 – 1949”, Selected by Audrey Hilton and Illustrated by Ronald Searle. Signed by Ronald Searle to title page with inscription “For Eileen (the gal up top), Ronald Searle Dec 1949”. The volume published by Turnstile Press, London. 80 pages with Soft Cover
Dimensions 21cm high x 13.5cm wide
The inscription is dedicated to Eileen who was Eileen Evans a British artist, Graphic Designer and co founder of the Mount/ Evans design studio. Eileen Evans worked often as a poster designer and designed many well-known propaganda and safety posters for the British Government during the 1940s – 1960s.
Condition report: Overall condition fair/ good – Cover loose from volume, cover with discolouration, rounding to corners and surface dirt, pages in overall good condition with browning to edges.
Ronald Searle CBE (1920-2011) was a hugely influential artist, illustrator and cartoonist. His work as the creator of St Trinian’s is probably his most famous but over a career that spanned nine decades, he worked on a vast number of projects. Searle came from humble beginnings, he began drawing aged 5 but upon leaving school at 14, he worked for the Co-Op. Searle, however, continued taking evening classes to further his education. His talent was spotted after he submitted cartoons to a local Cambridge newspaper and he won a full time scholarship.
With the onset of the Second World War, Searle then aged 19, enlisted with the Royal Engineers. In 1942 he was serving in Asia and was captured during the fall of Singapore. He was held as a prisoner of war from 1942 to 1945. Under extremely harrowing and brutal conditions Searle continued to draw – his archive of almost 300 drawings is an important first hand record of life in the prison camp – the collection is now held by the Imperial War Museum.
Ronald Searle returned to Britain in 1945 and began producing St. Trinians (characters he had first drawn some years earlier – a St Trinian sketch was first published in Lilliput in 1941). His work began gaining recognition and he worked during the post war period as a cartoonist for many publications including Punch and Lilliput.
By the early 1960s Searle had relocated to France, and began to work more as a painter. His 1965 illustrations for Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines are some of the most recognisable of the era.
Ronald Searle’s drawings had an enormous influence on his contemporaries – John Lennon amongst them, who said of him in 1968 “I started trying to draw like Ronald Searle when I was about eight. So there was Jabberwocky and Ronald Searle I was turning into by the time I was thirteen”.
To read more about Ronald Searle see https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2010/mar/09/ronald-searle-life-in-pictures
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Condition Report: Overall condition fair/ good – Cover loose from volume, cover with discolouration, rounding to corners and surface dirt, pages in overall good condition with browning to edges.