Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ronald Searle: The Day the Truth Got Out

I've been following cartoonist Ronald Searle's work dutifully, even obsessively, for more than 35 years now and there are still countless published drawings I've never seen. On eBay, this undated (but apparently 1953) supplement to the April-May Lilliput has just been sold. The price isn't bad but the 15 GBP international shipping seemed a bit excessive to me. The good news is that of the six published Searle drawings, the seller has included two of them in his listing. This is how eBay sellers make the world a better place, well, one of the ways.

Ronald Searle, "The Day the Truth Got Out," The First Long Story by Patrick Campbell,
Spring Supplement to Lilliput, April-May (1953)

Ronald Searle, "The Day the Truth Got Out," by Patrick Campbell,
Spring Supplement to Lilliput, April-May (1953), Inside Front Cover and Page 1




Note:  As I've already mentioned in recent posts, a major showing of Ronald Searle's reportage work is coming to San Francisco. The exciting eBay fundraiser for the forthcoming "Searle in America" exhibition can be viewed here.

The Searle in America blog is here.

Perpetua, the Ronald Searle tribute blog, is here.


In addition to all this, my own Searle posts are all here.

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10 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a beautiful illustration and I'd love to read the whole story of "The Day The Truth Got Out".

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  2. That opening sentence pulls you right in and you want to know everything there is to know about that day. I want to know who all those people in the illustration are and especially what that woman is holding; a baby with a very long left arm?

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    1. I believe it's another woman crying on her shoulder.

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    2. I think I have this somewhere- must dig it out to scan ...

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    3. It would be great to see the rest of this.

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  3. I dug it out of my Searle archive- only 2 tiny spot illustrations inside - one of the pointy nosed main character and one female. I may however have a shot of the original art of that full page pic . . .

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    1. The eBay seller claims a total of six Searle illustrations, including covers.

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  4. Ah, no- don't have it. Although I DO have shots of the original drawings for LIFE IN THIN SLICES - same type of stories & characters

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    1. And, for those who don't know, the same author--Patrick Campbell.

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