(1920-2011) UK cartoonist with a biting satirical wit and an incisive line style. His work has an ebullient humour offset by a rather macabre elongation and distortion of the human form.
He studied at the Cambridge School of Art and served in WWII, being interned in a Japanese POW camp, where he produced some harrowing drawings, published as Ronald Searle's Secret Sketchbook (graph 1970). After WWII he worked in London as a humorous illustrator and caricaturist for Punch and wrote and illustrated many humorous books, including the popular St Trinians series and James Thurber's The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O (omni 1962 UK). In 1960 he settled in France, since when he has written and illustrated several books about Paris. His work is basically of comedy rather than fantasy interest. [RT]
Ronald William Fordham Searle