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St. Trinian

Ronald Searle fans can thank the upcoming live-action St. Trinian’s feature for the following book: St. Trinian’s: The Entire Appalling Business. No word yet on what exactly is contained within the book, but it’s cheaply priced, will be released in a couple months, and collects a whole bunch of classic Searle cartoons that have been long out-of-print in the US. Good enough for me.

Also, New Yorkers will be happy to know that there is currently an exhibition of original Ronald Searle artwork at the Forbes Galleries. The show, “Ronald Searle: A Lifetime of Drawing”, spans his entire career “from his drawings in a Japanese POW camp, to his early success as a magazine and book illustrator, to the enormously popular series of ‘St. Trinian’s’ drawings, to his work for movies and businesses, to his famous drawings of cats.” Admission is free. Gallery address and hours can be found here.

  • Nancy B

    Amid, thank you for the heads-up on this one! I’ll actually be in New York on Friday…although dammit, I will JUST miss the hours for the Forbes Gallery.

    Maybe I can come in earlier and see it…Searle’s work is probably the most influential of the last fifty years. He just keeps getting better and better at it, too. Check out his political cartoons for LE MONDE (collected in book form in 2005) and one of my personal favorites, MARQUIS DE SADE MEETS GOODY TWO SHOES.

    Searle is incredibly influential on animators and political cartoonists. I can see his influence on Chuck Jones from around 1953, when the first ST. TRINIANS books reached America, and also on the styling of the characters in ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS (late Disney in general.) The most amazing influence is on the GORILLAZ. In RISE OF THE OGRE, the English band members are drawn in Searlian style, circa St. Trinians. There are also thank-yous to Searle in the book and on the Gorillaz’ website.
    Thanks again!

  • Ed

    Should be well worth a look. I love Searle’s work and have drawings, prints, coins and tons of books and it’s consistently excellent from Forty Drawings, in 1946, onwards.

    My introduction was the wonderful Molesworth books which are “grate as any fule kno……..”

  • Shmorky

    Thank you for reminding me of this guy! I read a book full of St Trinian’s drawings when I was a teenager and his stuff rubbed off on me. When I tried to find the book again I couldn’t remember the name and I asked around libraries before giving up.

  • Yay.

  • Bosda Di’Chi

    I had forgotten these cartoons entirely.

    I just ordered this, and several old collections, online.

    I shall keep them next to my Charles Addams collection.

  • Great news! Wish I could make it to the show in NYC. That’s the 2nd Searle exhibition this year & there’s another early next year in England at the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

    ‘Ronald Searle – A Celebration’

    Exhibition in the Ruskin Gallery, 10th January – 13th February 2008

  • Who can’t love Searle?
    Thanks for the heads up.

  • top cat james

    I like that sulky, teenaged Eloise on the cover.

  • We just did some cartoon inserts for the new movie but we weren’t allowed make them look like Ronald Searle which is a pity, but at least there is the nod to Searle by using animation in black and white.

  • Nancy B

    Thank you for the heads-up on this show, Amid! It is fabulous.
    I just managed to get in before closing time on Friday.
    The show runs through March, so all New York based animators should get over there and have a look!