About the artist:
Ronald William Fordham Searle, was an English artist and satirical cartoonist, comics artist and illustrator. He is perhaps best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth series. Born on March 3, 1920 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Searle spent his youth studying at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. As a young man he served in World War II, during which time, he was captured as a prisoner of war by Japanese forces. After his liberation in late 1945, Searle began producing literature and drawings detailing his harrowing experience of captivity and torture. The artist's work has had a tremendous impact on popular culture, and featured frequently in the pages of the New Yorker and the News Chronicle. His varied illustrated series and stand-alone political cartoons, have influenced many contemporary illustrators and cartoonists, including Matt Groening and Pat Oliphant. Throughout his life, he received numerous awards, including the 1959 and 1965 National Cartoonists Society's Advertising and Illustration Award, and the appointment of Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004. Today, Searle's work can be found in the collection of the Wilhelm Busch Museum in Hanover, Germany. The artist died on December 30, 2011 in Draguignan, France.