From Cambridge Daily News to the New Yorker - editorial illustrator Ronald Searle dies aged 91


Artist and editorial illustrator Ronald Searle, who has died aged 91, began his career aged 15 after sending in drawings on spec to the Cambridge Evening News, The Guardian notes in its obituary today.

After returning from World War Two he created the St Trinians cartoon for Lilliput magazine and in the 1950s he was a regular contributor to Punch.

From the 1960s, based in France, he produced cartoons for magazines and newspapers in France and the US – including a number of New Yorker covers.

Quoted by the BBC, Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell said Searle’s work stood out for its “genuine wit, intelligence and unabashed ambition”.

This Ronald Searle tribute blog reproduces many of his distinctive New Yorker covers from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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