Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book Review: Atlantic (2010) by Simon Winchester

Atlantic (2010)
Simon Winchester


It was my brother who introduced me to Simon Winchester's Krakatoa, a marvelous book which tells the fascinating story of the great volcano.  I am always pleased to find an author like this, one who can present science as well as history and culture, and make it all utterly captivating.

Now Winchester has decided to tell the story of the vast Atlantic Ocean, a task too broad for most of us even to contemplate.  He has chosen to organize this information using Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man, a device that seems to work well enough in its offbeat dramatic way.  Winchester's Atlantic is quite up to date and includes some major geologic news events of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico and in Iceland.  His discussion of global warming is reasonable, maybe too reasonable, but he's trying to stay out of the political circus surrounding this topic. The book is by it's very nature not quite as focussed as Krakatoa, but it does cover a lot more ground--or rather, sea.



J. M. W. Turner, The Wreck of the Minotaur


Note:  And don't forget my brief review of Winchester's Krakatoa (2003) here.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Enchanted Isle

John Held, Jr. was the most popular and highest-paid illustrator of the jazz age. Two of his travel posters were featured in the Swann Galleries sale of November 15, 2010. The sales results show that he still retains quite a bit of appeal. "The Enchanted Isle" is Martha's Vineyard which was and still is accessible by ferry from Cape Cod. At the time, the sensible way to get to the Cape was by train. In 1935, the year after this poster was published, the Sagamore and Bourne bridges were opened, allowing passenger cars access to the Cape over the Cape Cod Canal and everything changed. By 1937, passenger train service to the towns east of Dennis was ended forever. Today the tracks have been removed and the Cape Cod Rail Trail accommodates bicycles and riders on horseback.

Sale 2230 Lot 179
JOHN HELD, JR. (1889-1958) THE ENCHANTED ISLE / MARTHA'S VINEYARD. 1934.
41 3/4x28 inches, 106x71 cm. Plampin Litho Co., N.Y.C.
Condition A-: repaired tear through bottom margin.
"In 1924, [The New Haven Railroad] commissioned New York City artist John Held, Jr. to design a series of posters selling New England resorts and vacations . . . Held, a well known delineator of eastern establishment culture whose Vanity Fair and Life magazine illustrations and cartoons introduced two of the era's defining caricatures--the happy-go-lucky flapper and her straw-hatted guy, Joe College-- proved a prescient choice. His New Haven designs talked to the new, jazzy cultural elite" (Zega p. 63). Zega p. 66.
Estimate $5,000-7,500
Sold for $4,200






Sale 2230 Lot 178
JOHN HELD, JR. (1889-1958) THE NEW HAVEN R.R. / NORTHWARD. Circa 1930.
41 3/4x28 inches, 106x71 cm. Plampin Litho Co., N.Y.C.
Condition B+: repaired tears at edges, some affecting image; minor restoration in margins.
In his classic cartoon form, Held shows golfers, flappers and others, all heading "northward," much like migrating ducks, which he also presents. The New Haven Railroad was an essential means of transportation in New England, and "at its peak in 1929, the railroad owned and operated 2,131 miles of track throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island." Held p. 91, Zega 65.
Estimate $1,500-2,000
Sold for $2,600













Note:  My most recent post on poster art is here.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Study of the Belvedere Torso by Rubens

The Belvedere Torso, a profoundly influential Hellenistic sculpture by Apollonius the Athenian, is on display in the Vatican Museums:
Apollonius the Athenian, The Belvedere Torso, The Vatican Museums

Here is Study of the Belvedere Torso by Peter Paul Rubens from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Study of the Belvedere Torso, ca. 1601–2
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)
Red chalk
15 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (39.5 x 26 cm)
Inscribed at lower left: P Rubens, 342
Recto:The Virgin Adored by Saints, pen and brown ink, ca. 1627
Purchase, 2001 Benefit Fund, 2002 (2002.12b)
NOT ON VIEW  Last Updated August 25, 2011

This drawing was made by Rubens as a young man on his first trip to Rome, in 1601–2. It is a study of the back view of the Belvedere Torso, an antique sculpture dating to the first century B.C., which belonged to the Colonna family in the seventeenth century and is today in the Vatican Museums. Using red chalk and a technique of soft overlapping hatching, Rubens produced lifelike results that belie the marble material of his subject.


Apollonius the Athenian, The Belvedere Torso, The Vatican Museums

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rembrandt's Old Man with Beard, Fur Cap, and Velvet Cloak

Rembrandt's etching technique is second to none. See how exquisitely he renders the different textures of fur, hair, and velvet, while using sophisticated shading techniques to indicate the light source on the sitter's left. This rather fine 17th century print "Old Man with Beard, Fur Cap, and Velvet Cloakcan be traced back to the legendary collection of Mary Jane Sexton Morgan, cousin by marriage to the great collector J. Pierpont Morgan. As these things go, that's a pretty good provenance.

Lot 129 Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
Old Man with Beard, Fur Cap, and Velvet Cloak, c. 1632, second state of three, a 17th century impression (Bartsch/Hollstein, 262, ii/iii; Hind, 92). Monogrammed in the plate, collectors' stamps (see below) to the reverse. Etching on laid paper, plate size 5 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (14.8 x 12.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Trimmed nearly to not within the plate mark, thin spots to sheet, pencil and ink annotations verso.

Provenance: An unidentified collector of early Dutch prints (Lugt, 2169) through to Mary Jane Sexton Morgan Collection (Lugt, 1879) No. 2104, March 15, 1886 sale, NYC, American Art Galleries, to the estate of Helene K. Sargeant, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

N.B. Mary Jane Sexton Morgan was a cousin of J. Pierpont Morgan by marriage. The sale of her extensive collections of prints, paintings, silver, and decorative arts was highly publicized, and according to a New York Times article published March 16th, 1886, the entire sale brought $1,205,090.42, an extraordinary sum for the sale of an art collection in the 19th century.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

Update 9/21/2011:  Sold for 
$11,258 on September 9, 2011.
Further information on Mary Jane Sexton Morgan may be accessed at the Frick Library Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America: http://research.frick.org/directoryweb/browserecord.php?-action=browse&-recid=7040






Note:  My recent post concerning an etching by Renoir is here.  



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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Review: Krakatoa (2003) by Simon Winchester


Krakatoa:  The Day the World Exploded:  August 27, 1883 (2003)
Simon Winchester


An early 19th century image years before the great eruption.






I came to this book knowing almost nothing of Krakatoa except that it was east of Java. I now realize that Hollywood misled me on that rudimentary fact and the great volcano is actually situated west of Java. 


I don't think I've ever before come across a volume that can be termed a work of popular geology, but this is surely it, a superb example of a genre I didn't dream existed. I missed out on geology in college, where the introductory course was supposedly geared only to allowing athletes to meet their science requirement. Earth science was mostly overlooked in my high school as well, and while I certainly had heard of continental drift, I don't believe the relatively new notion had made its way into any of our science texts.


Simon Winchester, then, has done his best to relieve my ignorance of plate tectonics and subduction zones. His book also provides keen insights into the spice trade, the Wallace Line, 19th century science, the evils of Dutch colonial rule, the rise of Islamic militancy in Indonesia, and the enduring mysteries of ecological succession. In other words, Krakatoa is not merely about the powerful volcano exploding; it is about the complex world that volcano tore asunder.



Krakatoa: 1888 lithograph

Krakatoa:  1883 Photo

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Cel Set-Up from "The Band Concert" (1935)

"The Band Concert" (1935) was Walt Disney's first full-color short that featured Mickey Mouse. The Walt Disney Studios had been producing spectacular color cartoons ever since "Flowers and Trees" (1932), but Mickey himself remained in old-fashioned black and white for a few more years because he was already exceedingly popular and people would happily see his cartoons even without color. In other words, new technology was expensive even back then, so you used it sparingly where you needed it most.

For me, "The Band Concert" remains one of the best Disney animated cartoons ever, and I suspect most collectors and fans would go along with this assessment. That sly phrase in the lot description, "For advanced collectors," is meant to entice. It suggests just how exclusive this item is, and it implies not very subliminally that whoever purchases it will have moved up to the exalted rank of a truly elite collector. Indeed.


The cel set-up is just gorgeous, showing the entire band on stage taking a bow at the beginning of the cartoon. This restored artwork sold at Heritage Auctions on February 25 for $44,812.50, a lofty price, but if the lot description is accurate, the successful internet bidder snagged it for less than half what collector Kerby Confer had paid for it. So it goes.



Mickey Mouse The Band Concert Production Cel Animation Art (Walt Disney, 1935).... (Total: 1)

2011 February Dallas Signature Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction #7030

Lot 92001

Sold for:$44,812.50 (includes BP ) 
Bid Source: Internet



Auction Ended On:Feb 25, 2011
Item Activity:8 Internet/mail/phone bidders 
3,078 page views


Mickey Mouse The Band Concert Production Cel Animation Art (Walt Disney, 1935). For advanced collectors focusing on early Walt Disney material, here is one of the most important Mickey Mouse items you could ever hope to acquire. The Band Concert was the very first color cartoon to feature Mickey and his gang, save for an earlier promotional appearance, and has long been cherished by Disney fans worldwide. It is a intensely funny short, crammed with colorful gags involving Mickey's ragtag orchestra (who never stop, no matter what is happing around them), and the efforts of soft drink salesman Donald Duck to subvert the program by playing "Turkey in the Straw" on his piccolo. The film climaxes with an intense windstorm, just as the band plays "The William Tell Overture."
This charming and beautiful cel set-up shows Mickey and company at the beginning of the cartoon, greeting their audience. It's the "pie-eye" Mickey at his best, and this incredible scene has never looked better. Professional restoration has been done by Ron Stark of S/R Laboratories. The image area measures approximately 12" x 9.5", professionally matted and framed to an overall size of 26.75" x 22.75". Please note that the areas of white visible in our image are not defects, but light reflected from the acetate, which has warped a little along the edges. The set-up looks fine in person.
This piece is thought to be the only production setup in existence from the first Mickey cartoon that features Mickey and the entire band. It was the cover lot for the December 4, 1985 Christie's East auction. Between that time and its acquisition by Kerby Confer circa 2001 it reportedly changed hands more than once, commanding a six-figure sum each time.
The most notable animation art item that Heritage has offered to date. From the Kerby Confer Collection.




Walt Disney Studios, Cel Set-Up from "The Band Concert" (1935)



Walt Disney Studios, Framed Cel Set-Up from "The Band Concert" (1935)


Mickey Mouse & Friends - 

The Band Concert (1935)


Note:  My previous post on Disney is here.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Renoir's "Baigneuse debout, mi-jambes"

Maybe you think you'll never be able to own a bather by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. If you're after nothing less than a sumptuous Renoir oil painting you're probably right, but if you're willing to buy a print from the master's hand, you could be in business. Here is an original etching of a standing bather by Renoir which is being offered at Skinner on September 9. Renoir etched the plate himself, creating this image which exists in no other medium. A century later, it's still affordable to many.

Lot 128 Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)

Baigneuse debout, mi-jambes, c. 1910, 
possibly a later impression (Stella, 23). Unsigned. Etching on paper, plate size 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (16.2 x 10.7 cm), framed.
Condition: Margins over 1 1/4 inches, not examined out of frame.
Estimate $300-500

September  21, 2011 Update: Unsold



Note:  My post regarding Whistler's etching Upright Venice is here.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Frank Frazetta: Tomorrow Midnight

The Jerry Weist collection of science fiction and fantasy art will be sold at Heritage Auctions on September 12 in Beverly Hills, with internet bidding ending the night before. The cover lot is this evocative painting by Frank Frazetta which served as the cover art for the paperback edition of the E.C. comic book adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Tomorrow Midnight. Heritage refers to Frazetta as "the greatest fantasy artist of all time." I won't dispute that since I can't think of anyone better.  

I didn't ever read these E.C. adaptations from the sixties and I'm not familiar with the Bradbury story. I know I've seen this well-known illustration somewhere, but right now I'm not feeling any sort of emotional connection to the artwork. But somebody clearly is. Bidding is already at $28,000.

FRANK FRAZETTA (American, 1928-2010)
Tomorrow Midnightpaperback cover, 1966


Oil on board
19.5 x 14.75 in.
Signed and dated lower left

For many fans, their first exposure to the magic of EC's evocative comic book adaptations of Ray Bradbury's short story classics came courtesy of two sixties Ballantine Books paperback reprints, Tomorrow Midnight and The Autumn People. The legendary fantasy master Frank Frazetta was the obvious choice as cover artist for these titles, and this was the last in the series. This superb cover scene captures perfectly the haunting poetry of Ray Bradbury's vision, and is one of the finest Frazetta masterpieces we've ever had the pleasure to offer-it's not only a stunning, peak period painting by the greatest fantasy artist of all time, it's also got the added appeal of EC and Bradbury, encompassing three of Weist's lifelong passions. From the Jerry Weist Collection. Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000.

September 12, 2011 Update::

Sold for:$83,650.00 (includes BP)

I'm still not feeling it!

 

2011 September Beverly Hills Signature Jerry Weist Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy Art and Books Auction #6069

Lot 30028

FRANK FRAZETTA (American, 1928-2010)
Tomorrow Midnightpaperback cover, 1966


Oil on board
19.5 x 14.75 in.
Signed and dated lower left

For many fans, their first exposure to the magic of EC's evocative comic book adaptations of Ray Bradbury's short story classics came courtesy of two sixties Ballantine Books paperback reprints, Tomorrow Midnight and The Autumn People. The legendary fantasy master Frank Frazetta was the obvious choice as cover artist for these titles, and this was the last in the series. This superb cover scene captures perfectly the haunting poetry of Ray Bradbury's vision, and is one of the finest Frazetta masterpieces we've ever had the pleasure to offer-it's not only a stunning, peak period painting by the greatest fantasy artist of all time, it's also got the added appeal of EC and Bradbury, encompassing three of Weist's lifelong passions. From the Jerry Weist Collection. Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000.




Note:  My brief book review of Al Capp's Li'l Abner:  The Frazetta Years:  Volume 4 (1960-1961) can be found here.




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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Aug. 23: The Beatles in Person, Shea Stadium

No, this is not the famous but extremely rare Beatles poster of which no more than a handful exist.  Rather, it is a more common facsimile edition from the 1970's.  It is signed by promoter Sid Bernstein, but I doubt whether this enhances its value. The Beatles's legendary first and most famous concert at Shea Stadium was on August 15, 1965.  Forty-five years ago today, the Beatles performed their second concert at Shea which the original of this poster promoted, part of their North American Tour.  This was one of their last concerts anywhere.  Where were you on August 23, 1966?  And if you're too young to answer that question, there's really no need to let me know.

Sid Bernstein Presents the Beatles in Person
Shea Stadium Tuesday Aug. 23 (1966) 
1970's Facsimile

247. A Vintage Beatles Poster, ca. 1970's 
"Sid Bernstein Presents the Beatles". A poster, ca. 1970's, publicizing a performance at Shea Stadium on Tuesday, August 23, (1966) autographed near the top by Sid Bernstein, approx. 28" x 20-1/4", not framed. There are four known copies of the original edition; this is from a second edition published by Sid Bernstein. Printed in yellow and black inks on glossy paper by Murray Poster Printing Co., New York, including a photo screen printed image of the Fab Four. On 15 August 1965, The Beatles performed the first major stadium concert in the history of rock 'n' roll at Shea Stadium in New York to a crowd of 55,600. The 1966 North American Tour ran from August 12-29 including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, Memphis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco (the last ever public performance). 
Sid Bernstein imported the British Invasion to the shores of New York City and helped build the dreams of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, the Moody Blues, the Kinks, James Brown, Ray Charles, John Denver, Joan Baez, Miles Davis, the Rascals, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, ABBA, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and the list goes on and on...www.sidbernstein.com 
800/1,200   Sold $575.00
Aspire Auctions
November 2008 Fine Art & Antiques Auction
http://www.aspireauctions.com/auction95/details/24658.html 





Notes:  My post on The Beatles Illuminated:  1964 Concert Photos by Mike Mitchell can be found here.

My previous post on poster art is here.


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Monday, August 22, 2011

Album Review: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006) by Bruce Springsteen

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006)
Bruce Springsteen

So the Boss is a fan of Pete Seeger. Who knew? Pete Seeger has recorded scores of memorable folk songs and it must have been quite a task for Bruce Springsteen to make selections for this tribute album. Right off the bat, the album hits you with a rollicking rendition of "Old Dan Tucker" and--surprise!--Springsteen is totally in his element. Not only that, the musicians are just great. Many of Seeger's recordings seem spare to me, with just a guitar or a banjo to accompany Seeger's great voice. This album is beautifully produced with an absolutely splendid band.

Ultimately, though, Pete Seeger seems quite absent from this disc. Seeger has a sonorous voice and he clearly articulates every phrase. Springsteen's voice isn't as versatile or as clear. Often he sounds hoarse or nasal. Sometimes he has a bit of a drawl or twang. Sometimes the singing just seems forced ("John Henry"). But that band Springsteen assembled always sounds amazing!

Bruce Springsteen-- Old Dan Tucker


Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band -
Live @ LSO St. Lukes
John Henry, Oh Mary Don't You Weep, How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?, Mrs. McGrath, My Oklahoma Home, Jacob's Ladder, We Shall Overcome, Pay Me My Money Down

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Peter Arno: In Hot Pursuit

On May 4 at Heritage, Peter Arno's 1952 New Yorker cover artwork of a distracted farmer sold for $4,481.25.  It's not at all bad, something I can take pleasure in even if I don't think its Arno's finest work.  Somehow this 60-year-old image can at least still bring on a smile, something that can't readily be said of most of today's New Yorker covers.

Peter Arno, Original cover art, The New Yorker, August 2, 1952

PETER ARNO (American, 1904-1968)
Ready to Run, New Yorker magazine cover, August 2, 1952
Watercolor and ink on board
16.5 x 12 in.
Signed lower right
Arno, Peter:. American cartoonist, 1904-1968
Condition Report*:
Board is glued to mat; otherwise in good condition. Mattted to an overall size of 19.75 x 16 inches.

Sold for:$4,481.25 (includes BP )

Bid Source: Live: Floor
Auction Ended On:May 4, 2011

Peter Arno's signature

Whatman board


Peter Arno, The New Yorker, August 2, 1952



The auction at Heritage:  http://fineart.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=5059&lotNo=78006#Photo 



Note:  My previous post on original New Yorker cover art, Blechman's 'Bot, is right here.


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

The St. Trinian's Sale

In my previous post on the art of Ronald Searle at auction, I discussed the results of a New York sale where three of the four lots failed to sell.  One week later on June 29th, just across the pond in the U. K. at Christie's South Kensington, 28 of 29 Searle lots sold, many for exceedingly high prices.  The sale was remarkable for having a number of lots that were very desirable St. Trinian's drawings from the 1940's and 1950's, a trove which, we are told, "has only recently come to light."  Wherever they may have been mislaid, Searle added his modern signature to the many drawings that were still unsigned, a process Christie's describes as having them "seen and authenticated."  It appears the contemporary signatures, which differ significantly from Searle's more upright and unembellished 1950's signatures, did not discourage the buyers in the slightest.  I suspect, given the attention lavished on them by the artist before the sale, that these drawings may have been with Mr. Searle or a family member all along.


The naughty girls of St. Trinian's account for much of Searle's fame in England to this day. They were merely mentioned in just one published cartoon prior to Searle's going off to the Second World War, but they became a cultural phenomenon after his return home.  For most of the intervening years he had been held by the Japanese as a prisoner of war.  Not surprisingly perhaps, themes of violence, cruelty, abuse, and confinement abound in these cartoons ostensibly about wayward schoolgirls.  The cartoons have more to do with Searle's own wartime experiences than with any schoolgirl's, however ill-behaved.  The astonishing thing is, Searle's cartoons struck a nerve.  The black humor that sprang from his awful captivity resonated deeply with the British public.  Ronald Searle became a household name and his schoolgirls from the magazines were collected in books and eventually went on to the movies.  The drawings, or most of them, went into private collections.  Searle could scarcely keep up with the demand.


Almost any cartoonist encountering such stunning success could be expected to keep at it for the rest of his life, milking every possible comic situation and every possible dollar--excuse me, pound--out of it.  But Searle chose another path for himself.  To the disappointment of his fans, Ronald Searle killed off the school and its inhabitants in grand 1950's style with a nuclear explosion in Souls in Torment (1953).  This ensured that the public would never get enough of St. Trinian's, but he, Searle, 33 years old, had had enough.




'Back to School'


In general, the sale prices here were quite strong, particularly for the St. Trinian's lots.  'Back to School,' Lot 662, above, sold for an astonishing £25,000, or about $40,000.  This is some 14 times its high estimate and, as far as I can tell, a sales record for the artist.  What happened?  It's hard to say from my vantage point far from the salesroom, but I think a few factors came into play generating a lot of excitement.  For one thing, Searle enjoyed a lot of well-deserved publicity for his 90th birthday in 2010, including a rare televised interview and several exhibitions.  Furthermore, two new St. Trinian's movies have been released in recent years, foisting the wicked schoolgirls once again into the British public's attention.  Finally, there may have been some pent-up demand on the part of collectors for a good St. Trinian's drawing, coupled with the fear that, once this sale ends, there may be no more on the horizon for a good while.  'Back to School' is a truly classic St. Trinian's drawing full of energy, mischief, and mayhem.  What more could anyone want?

Here finally are all the Searle lots from the sale, mostly original St. Trinian's drawings from the 1950's, along with the vital statistics:



Lot 651:
Rough design for the poster for 'The Belles of St. Trinian's', 1954, the first St. Trinian's film


Price Realized 
  • £2,500
    ($3,990)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)

Sale Information

Sale 1243  Lot 651
Christie's Interiors 
29 June 2011
Christie's London, South Kensington

Lot Description

Ronald William Fordham Searle (b.1920)
Rough design for the poster for 'The Belles of St. Trinian's', 1954, the first St. Trinian's film
signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left) and inscribed 'Rough design for the poster of the/first St. Trinian's film, 1954.' (lower centre) and variously inscribed throughout
mixed media, unframed
11 5/8 x 13½ in. (29.5 x 34.3 cm.) 
November 12, 2011 Update:  This rough poster design is now being offered for sale at £7500.00 by Chris Beetles of London in his show THE ILLUSTRATORS 2011 - THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1837-2011, 19 November 2011 - 7 January 2012. That's a dealer markup of an even 200% over the auction sale price.
February 18, 2012 Update:  Sold.
Pre-Lot Text
ST. TRINIAN'S (LOTS 651-662, 681-692 and 711)

This collection of St. Trinian's drawings from the 1940s and 1950s has only recently come to light, and has been seen and authenticated by Ronald Searle.
 Lot 652:
'Down with School Inspectors!'

'Down with School Inspectors!'



 Price Realized
  • £3,000
  • ($4,797)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £800 - £1,200
  • ($1,277 - $1,915)
'Down with School Inspectors!'
signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left), dated '1952' (lower right) and inscribed 'Down with School Inspectors!' (lower centre)
pen and black ink, unframed
6 1/8 x 10 3/8 in. (15.6 x 26.4 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The Terror of St. Trinian's, London, 1952, p. 118.
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, p. 110. 


Lot 653:
'Debagging old flannel pants'
Image revised May 12, 2012

Price Realized 

  • £4,750
  • ($7,595)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)

signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left) and inscribed 'Debagging Old Flannel pants/The Terror of St. Trinian's (p 29), 1952' (lower left)
pen and black ink and black wash, unframed
6 1/2 x 9 in. (16.5 x 22.9 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The Terror of St. Trinian's, London, 1952, p. 29. 
November 12, 2011 Update:  'Debagging old flannel pants' is now being offered for sale at £8500.00 by Chris Beetles of London in his show THE ILLUSTRATORS 2011 - THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1837-201119 November 2011 - 7 January 2012. That's a dealer markup of 79% over the auction sale price.
May 12, 2012 Update:  This drawing is included by London art dealer Chris Beetles in his exhibition Ronald Searle Remembered, May 22 - June 9, 2012. As item no. 50, it is already listed as sold.

Lot 654:
'...A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and Thou...'
'...A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and Thou...'

Price Realized 

  • £2,375
  • ($3,798)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £700 - £1,000
  • ($1,117 - $1,596)
'...A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and Thou...' signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left) and inscribed 'A jug of wine/A loaf of bread/And thou-' (upper left)

pencil and pen and brown ink with scratching out, unframed

10¼ x 15 3/8 in. (26 x 39 cm.) 

Literature
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, pp. 50-51.






Lot 655:
'...Grab the nearest weapon, Never mind which one...', The St. Trinian's school song
'...Grab the nearest weapon, Never mind which one...', The St. Trinian's school song

Price Realized 

  • £1,875
  • ($2,998)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £600 - £800
  • ($958 - $1,277)

  • signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left)pen and black ink, unframed
3¾ x 5 1/8 in. (9.5 x 13 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, p. 44. 


Lot 656:
'What fire in the East Wing?'
'What fire in the East Wing?'


Price Realized

  • £4,750
  • ($7,595)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £800 - £1,200
  • ($1,277 - $1,915)

signed and inscribed 'Ronald Searle/'What fire in the East Wing?''(lower left) and dated '1952' (lower right)
pen and black ink, unframed
7¼ x 10 in. (18.5 x 25.4 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The Terror of St. Trinian's, London, 1952, p. 91.
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, p. 115.



Lot 657:
'Goal!'
'Goal!'

Price Realized

  • £4,750
  • ($7,595)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £800 - £1,200
  • ($1,277 - $1,915)


signed and inscribed 'Ronald Searle/Goal!' (lower left)
pen and black ink heightened with white, unframed
5 3/8 x 11 3/8 in. (13.7 x 28.9 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, p. 110. 

Lot Notes

This drawing was designed for a greetings card for Valentine's of Dundee.





Lot 658:
'Don't be greedy, Cynthia - give your sister some.'
'Don't be greedy, Cynthia - give your sister some.'

Price Realized

  • £13,750
  • ($21,986)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)

  • signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower right) and inscribed '"Don't be greedy, Cynthia - give your sister some."' (lower centre)

pen and black ink, unframed
8¼ x 9 5/8 in. (21 x 24.5 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, c.1950.
Ronald Searle, Back to the Slaughterhouse, London, 1951, p. 46.
Ronald Searle, St. Trinian's: The entire appalling business, New York, 2007, p. 29. 


Lot 659:
'To arms!'
'To arms!'

Price Realized

  • £4,000
  • ($6,396)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)

signed and inscribed 'To Arms! Ronald Searle' (lower left) and further signed with initials and dated '1949' (lower right)
pen and black ink and black wash, unframed
8 5/8 x 14 in. (22 x 35.6 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, September 1949.
Ronald Searle, Back to the Slaughterhouse, London, 1951, p. 34. 

Lot 660:
'Anyone for karate?'
'Anyone for karate?'

Price Realized 

  • £2,500
  • ($3,998)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £600 - £800
  • ($958 - $1,277)

signed and inscribed 'Ronald Searle/'Anyone for karate?'' (lower left)
pen and black ink, unframed
6 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (16.3 x 23.8 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The Terror of St. Trinian's, London, 1959, p. 48.
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, p. 66. 



Lot 661:
'Old Girl's Dinner'

'Old Girl's Dinner'



Price Realized

  • £8,125
  • ($12,992)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)


signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left) and inscribed 'Angela p125 Old Girl's dinner' (lower left)
pen and black ink, unframed
7¼ x 10½ in. (18.5 x 26.7 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The Terror of St. Trinian's, London, 1952, p.125.


Lot 662:

'Back to school'


Price Realized

  • £25,000
  • ($39,975)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,200 - £1,800
  • ($1,915 - $2,873)

signed and dated 'Ronald Searle' (lower right) and inscribed 'ST TRINIAN'S/BACK TO SCHOOL' (upper left)

pen and brown ink, unframed
9 x 12 5/8 in. (22.9 x 32.1 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, September 1949.
Ronald Searle, Back to the Slaughterhouse, London, 1951, p. 31.
Ronald Searle, St. Trinian's: The entire appalling business, New York, 2007. 

Lot 681:
St. Trinian's: Design for a birthday card for Valentine's of Dundee
St. Trinian's: Design for a birthday card for Valentine's of Dundee

Price Realized 

  • £4,750
  • ($7,595)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)

signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left)

pencil, pen and black ink and black wash, heightened with white, unframed
12¾ x 9½ in. (32.4 x 24.2 cm.) 


Lot 682:
'Preparing to be a beautiful lady?'
'Preparing to be a beautiful lady?'

Price Realized

  • £2,500

  • ($3,998)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £800 - £1,200
  • ($1,277 - $1,915)

signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left), inscribed '"PREPARING TO BE A BEAUTIFUL LADY?"' (lower centre) and further inscribed 'St. Trinian's No. 8/Hurrah for St. Trinian's (Page 56)/1948' (lower left)
pencil and pen and brown ink, unframed
10 5/8 x 6 7/8 in. (27 x 17.5 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, March 1947.
Ronald Searle, Hurrah for St. Trinian's, London, 1948, p. 56. 


Lot 683:
St. Trinian's goes carolling: 'Help me turn her - she's thawing.'
St. Trinian's goes carolling: 'Help me turn her - she's thawing.'


Price Realized

  • £3,500
  • ($5,597)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £700 - £1,000
  • ($1,117 - $1,596)

signed and dated 'Ronald Searle/1949' (lower right), inscribed 'Help me turn her - she's thawing.' (lower centre) and further inscribed 'Lillput [sic.] St.Trinian's goes carolling. 6' (upper left)
pen and black ink, unframed
10 x 7 7/8 in. (25.4 x 20 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, December 1949.
Ronald Searle, Back to the Slaughterhouse, London, 1951, p. 57. 

Lot 684:
'Farewell, the East Wing'
'Farewell, the East Wing'

Price Realized

  • £4,750
  • ($7,595)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)

signed 'Ronald Searle' and inscribed 'Farewell the East Wing [Two of the firemen present could scarcely hide their disgust...]' (lower centre)
pen and black ink, unframed
13½ x 9½ in. (34.3 x 24.1 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The Terror of St. Trinian's, London, 1952, p. 99.
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, p. 118. 


Lot 685:

St. Trinian's goes carolling: 'Boy oh Boy - that's warming'


Price Realized

  • £3,500
  • ($5,597)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £600 - £800
  • ($958 - $1,277)

signed and dated 'Ronald Searle/1949' (lower right) and inscribed '"Boy oh Boy - that's warming"' (lower centre)
pen and black ink, unframed
7 3/8 x 5½ in. (18.8 x 14 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, December 1949.
Ronald Searle, Back to the Slaughterhouse, London, 1951, p. 58. 

November 12, 2011 Update:  'Boy oh Boy - that's warming' is now being offered for sale at £6500.00 by Chris Beetles of London in his show THE ILLUSTRATORS 2011 - THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1837-201119 November 2011 - 7 January 2012. That's a dealer markup of 86% over the auction sale price, for those of you keeping score at home.

May 12, 2012 Update:  This drawing does not appear in the retrospective exhibition Ronald Searle Remembered, May 22 - June 9, 2012 at the Chris Beetles Gallery in London. I therefore assume it has been sold.
Lot 686:
'Girls, girls! - A little less noise, please.'
'Girls, girls! - A little less noise, please.'



Price Realized

  • £7,500
  • ($11,993)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)

signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left) and inscribed '"GIRLS, GIRLS! - A LITTLE LESS NOISE, PLEASE"' (lower centre)
pen and black ink, unframed
9 3/8 x 6¾ in. (23.8 x 17.2 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, October 1946.
Ronald Searle, Hurrah for St. Trinian's, London, 1948. 



Lot 687:
'Same old stuff...'
'Same old stuff...' 

Price Realized

  • £4,000
  • ($6,396)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £700 - £1,000
  • ($1,117 - $1,596)
signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower centre) and inscribed 'Same old stuff...' (on the mount, lower centre)
pen and black ink, unframed
6½ x 4 1/8 in. (16.5 x 10.5 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, 1946.
Ronald Searle, St. Trinian's: The entire appalling business, New York, 2007. 



Lot 688:

'Hell - my best scotch!'
'Hell - my best scotch!' 

Price Realized

  • £4,750
  • ($7,595)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £600 - £800
  • ($958 - $1,277)
signed and dated 'Ronald Searle/1949' (lower right) and inscribed 'Hell - my best scotch!' (on the mount, lower centre) and further inscribed 'Slaughterhouse page 35 Hell! My best scotch' (on the mount, lower left)
pen and black ink, unframed
6 5/8 x 5½ in. (16.8 x 14 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, London, September 1949.
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, p. 68.
Ronald Searle, St. Trinian's: The entire appalling business, New York, 2007.




Lot 689:
The violin: St. Trinian's, Ashtray design for Nymolle, Copenhagen
The violin: St. Trinian's, Ashtray design for Nymolle, Copenhagen 
 Price Realized
£2,000

  • ($3,198)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
  • Estimate
    £600 - £800
  • ($958 - $1,277)
signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left) and inscribed 'St. Trinian's: Ashtray design for Nymolle, Copenhagen/c.1955' (lower right) pencil, pen and black ink and bodycolour, unframed 9½ x 9½ in. (24.1 x 24.1 cm.) 


Lot 690:

   The tuba: St. Trinian's, Ashtray design for Nymolle, Copenhagen 

Price Realized

  • £1,250
  • ($1,999)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £600 - £800
  • ($958 - $1,277)

signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left) and inscribed 'St. Trinian's: Ashtrya design for Nymolle/Copenhagen/c.1955' (lower right)
pencil, pen and black ink and bodycolour, unframed 11½ x 10¼ in. (29.2 x 26 cm.) 


November 12, 2011 Update:  The tuba: St. Trinian's, Ashtray design for Nymolle, Copenhagen was offered for sale by Chris Beetles of London in his show THE ILLUSTRATORS 2011 - THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1837-201119 November 2011 - 7 January 2012. It is now listed as sold.

Lot 691:
'Cave!'
'Cave!' 

Price Realized

  • £5,250
  • ($8,395)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £800 - £1,200
  • ($1,277 - $1,915)

Jan 1947' (upper left) and further inscribed 'Hurrah page 57 1948' (upper right)
pencil and pen and brown ink heightened with white, unframed
10 5/8 x 7½ in. (27 x 19 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, January 1947.
Ronald Searle, Hurrah for St. Trinian's, London, 1948, p. 57. 

Lot 692:
'Well - you said your love knew no bounds'      'Well - you said your love knew no bounds' 

Price Realized

  • £5,250
  • ($8,395)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £800 - £1,200
  • ($1,277 - $1,915)

signed 'Ronald Searle' (upper right) and inscribed '"Well - you said you loved me..."/'Well - you said your love know no bounds'' (lower right)
pen and black ink, unframed
8¾ x 6 1/8 in. (22.3 x 15.5 cm.) 
Literature
Lilliput, September 1949.
Ronald Searle, Back to the Slaughterhouse, London, 1951, p. 32.
Ronald Searle, St. Trinian's: The entire appalling business, New York, 2007, p. 82. 

Lot 708:

'Middle East negotiations'
   'Middle East negotiations' 

Price Realized

  • £1,250
  • ($1,999)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
  • Estimate
  • ($958 - $1,277)

    £600 - £800

signed and inscribed 'Ronald Searle/Middle East negotiations' (lower left)
pencil and pen and black ink, unframed
15 x 19 in. (38.1 x 48.3 cm.) 
Literature
Journal Le Monde, Paris. 


Lot 709:

Nineteen caricatures of officers from HQ 18th Division (one illustrated)
UnsoldEstimate
£800 - £1,200
($1,277 - $1,915)

Set of 19: pencil and pen and black ink, loose in a folio 
22,9 x 17,8 cm
9 x 7 in

Lot: 711
'Such forcible charm'
 'Such forcible charm' 
Price Realized

  • £2,125
  • ($3,398)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £600 - £800
  • ($958 - $1,277)

signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower left), dated '1959' (lower right) and inscribed 'Such forcible charm' (upper left)
pen and black ink, unframed
5 3/8 x 6 in. (13.7 x 15.3 cm.) 
Literature
Ronald Searle, The St. Trinian's Story, London, 1959, p. 72. 

Lot: 712:
Walk on
Walk on 

Price Realized

  • £1,000
  • ($1,599)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,596 - $2,394)

pen and black ink, unframed
11 x 7 5/8 in. (28.6 x 19.4 cm.) 
Saleroom Notice
Please note that this lot should be subject to Artist's Resale Right



Lot 713:
'10'
   '10' 

Price Realized

  • £1,625
  • ($2,598)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £800 - £1,200
  • ($1,277 - $1,915)

signed 'Ronald Searle' (lower right)
pen and black ink and watercolour heightened with white, unframed
8 x 10 3/8 in. (22.3 x 26.4 cm.) 
Saleroom Notice
Please note that this lot should be subject to Artist's Resale Right. 
May 26, 2012 Update:  This drawing 10% was published in TV Guide. It is reproduced in The Art of TV Guide (2007) by Jerry Alten. If anyone has the date of original publication or a scan of the magazine page, please let me know.



Note:  My previous post on Four Drawings by Ronald Searle at Auction can be found here.
Want more? Check out the Ronald Searle Tribute blog at http://ronaldsearle.blogspot.com/. Matt Jones has spent years adding troves of astonishing material. I am not guilty of hyperbole when I say this is the greatest online repository of Searle artistry in the universe! There are four sections about St. Trinian's alone!
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