Monday, May 19, 2014

The Strand

The Strand magazine, founded in 1891, was a monthly, pocket sized edition by the late forties in a similar format to Lilliput magazine.  It featured many of the same illustrators and cartoonists but Searle's work for the magazine was more realistic than the cartoonier Lilliput work (e.g.. St. Trinians, Patrick Campbell's stories).
Again this shows  the range of Searle's work. Post war he was hungry for any editorial assignments he could find and was proud of his versatility. The work for 'The Strand' demonstrates an avenue that Searle could have pursued had the St. Trinians cartoons not made his cartoon style define him.  He also employed this style for other magazine work of the period including London Opinion and John Bull magazines.

'The Fourth Patient'
A Short Story by John Connell
The Strand magazine, October 1947

'The Fourth Patient' October 1947 pg 84
Original exhibited Chris Beetles' Gallery 2010

'Third Wife Lucky'
A Short Story by Alan Wykes
The Strand magazine, March 1948

'North of Bombay'
A Short Story by Bernard Fergusson
The Strand magazine, April1948

'Not In The Log'
A Short Story by A.E.W. Mason
The Strand magazine, May 1948

Below- The Strand magazine, August 1948

The Strand magazine, August 1948

'Chang's Great moment'
A Short Story by A.H. Rasmussen
The Strand magazine, October 1948

'An Honest Day's Work'
A Short Story by David Cargill
The Strand magazine, November 1948

'The Snake Charmers of Egypt'
A short story by Russell Pasha
The Strand magazine, February 1949

'The Cigarette Case'
A Short Story by Eugene Miller Campbell
The Strand magazine, April 1949

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Inconstant Moon

In 1949 Searle illustrated Noel Langley's 'The Inconstant Moon', again in a classical style.  A retelling of the story of Dante and Beatrice.

Scans from the always excellent illustration resource  FULL TABLE website

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Saturday Book

'The Saturday Book was an annual miscellany, published from 1941 to 1975, reaching 34 volumes. It was edited initially by Leonard Russell and from 1952 by John Hadfield. A final compilation, The Best of the Saturday Book, was published in 1981. The publisher throughout was Hutchinson's.

The Saturday Book provided literary and artistic commentary about life in Britain during the Second World War and the ensuing decades. It covered a range of arts, including ballet and music. Many writers contributed poems as well as essays.
The very first volume totalled 444 pages, but, with paper in short supply, the length of the second was slashed to 274 pages. From the third to the 24th volumes the number fluctuated between 288 and 304 pages, but the remaining ten ran to no more than 256 pages each, with the last one dropping to 240 pages.
In 2002 Nekta Publications published What’s Where in The Saturday Books: A Comprehensive Guide and Index by Peter Rowland, 154 pages long, which provides an index and guide to the whole series.'
- Wikipedia

Thanks to Merfyn O. Jones for the pictures