Ronald Searle

British cartoonist and caricaturist Ronald Searle passed away in 2011 at the age of  91. Here are just a few of his witty and beautiful book covers.

"Lampooning the foibles of the English class system as well as clerics, politicians and even other artists, Mr. Searle was often described as a latter-day version of the 18th-century British graphic satirist William Hogarth. His cartoons combined an ear for linguistic nuance with a caustic pen and brush. With just a few well-placed lines, he pierced the facades of his targets without resorting to ridicule or rancor." —The New York Times. Read more here.

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 This book cover took my breath away. This is definitely one I'd like to own. THE DOG'S EAR BOOK (1958) Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle via  flickr

This book cover took my breath away. This is definitely one I'd like to own. THE DOG'S EAR BOOK (1958) Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle via flickr

Modern Types by Geoffrey Gorer and Ronald Searle 1955 via magalerieaparis.wordpress.com

  "Filles de Hambourg", 1969  via  magalerieaparis.wordpress.com

"Filles de Hambourg", 1969 via magalerieaparis.wordpress.com

  "The terror of St Trinian’s" (1952) also  via  magalerieaparis.wordpress.com

"The terror of St Trinian’s" (1952) also via magalerieaparis.wordpress.com