An exhibition devoted to Searle's work opens at The Cartoon Museum in London tomorrow and runs until 4 July.
Ronald Searle was standing in his sitting room - rose champagne bottle (his engine oil, he calls it) at the ready in his one good hand - his writing/drawing left hand.
Monica Searle, in her 80s, greeted us warmly at the top of the stairs, freshly coiffured in tinted glasses. They've been a couple for over half a century (a second marriage for both of them) - "bliss," she tells me.
There's a poignant mutual dependence. She describes herself as "Slave Number 17".
"Why 17?" I asked. "My favourite number," she replied. We go on to spend five delightful hours with the Searles.
Monica Searle doesn't drink. The rest of us - reporter, cameraman, producer and Ronald Searle - valiantly stick to the task, three bottles of champagne (Billecart-Salmon at 50 euros a pop - we checked at duty free on the way home). There've been tougher assignments.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Ronald Searle is 90 tomorrow
The Channel 4 News site has a video interview with the creator of St Trinians and St Custards. Because Ronald Searle will be 90 tomorrow: