Paying tribute to the greatest illustrator-cartoonist of the twentieth century, this catalogue is illustrated with over 350 images and contains newly researched essays, notes and previously unpublished archive material from the Second World War and after. It provides an exploration of the full range of Ronald Searle's formidable career from the clandestine drawings he produced as an inmate of the notorious Japanese Prisoner of War camp, Changi Gaol, to his late book and magazine illustrations.
The catalogue includes his most famous creations and best-loved characters – the girls of St Trinian's, Molesworth and Lemon Hart – which reveal his unrivalled wit and fluent interpretative line. His lesser known, but equally incisive visual reportage on political, artistic and literary issues of the day are explored. And, alongside drawings, sketches, and early editions of his books, are significant groups of unpublished letters providing new biographical insights into the life and loves of this remarkable man.