Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle (British b. 1920)

Ronald Searle was born in Cambridge and studied at Cambridge School of Art from 1936-1939. He served in the Army during WW2 and was captured by the Japanese. During his time as a POW he helped build the Burma railway. After the war his career as a cartoonist flourished and he lived in the same house as fellow artists Robert Colquhoun and John Minton. He contributed his work to a number of magazines including Punch and between 1941 and 1953 he published his immensely popular series on the terrible schoolgirls of St. Trinian’s. His work has illustrated many books on a variety of subjects and continues to be one of Britain’s best-loved cartoonists and satirists. His work has been widely exhibited across the globe and a number of public collections hold his work, including the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.

References: Horne, Alan. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators: 387-388.