With the passing of Ronald Searle this week, the world lost another great creative spirit. His name has been echoing around social media all week, but I didn't feel that I had anything worthy to say about him. Until I discovered this recent publication: Les Très Riches Heures de Mrs Mole. For those who ask why we make art: here is your answer. If it's an essay question, you might need to look for some words of your own to talk about it. If it's your own question, these images are all the answer you need. When Ronald Searle's wife, Monica, was undergoing chemotherapy, he drew a picture to encourage her through each of her treatments. These were personal tributes and never intended for publication. They are beautiful, heartwarming, heartrending images.
I found them on Austin Kleon's Tumblr
, and there's an entry on the Cartoon Museum
exhibition at the London Historian's Blog
There is a lot of Searle's work at a Perpetua
, a tribute blog (parents be advised that the images include some sketches of nudes).