Punch Cartoon Art - Cover Art - Picasso birthday number - Ronald Searle (1956) - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"
Ronald William Fordham Searle, CBE, RDI was a British artist and satirical cartoonist.
He is perhaps best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth series.
In January 1942, he was stationed in Singapore. After a month of fighting in Malaya, he was taken prisoner when Singapore fell to the Japanese. He spent the rest of the war a prisoner, first in Changi Prison and then in the Kwai jungle, working on the Siam-Burma Death Railway. Searle contracted both beri-beri and malaria during his incarceration, which included numerous beatings, and his weight dropped to less than 40 kilograms.
He was liberated in late 1945 with the final defeat of the Japanese.
After the war, he served as a courtroom artist at the Nuremberg trials.