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Four Cats - Greeting card

Four Cats - Greeting card

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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Ronald Searle, Four Cats

The diverse felines created in the graphic work of celebrated British artist Ronald Searle are irresistible; each one with their own character and pose. This illustration was gifted to The Fitzwilliam Museum by Searle's family in 2014. 

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Product details:

  • Standard Greetings Card
  • 16.8 x 12.2 cm
  • Blank inside, cello bagged with envelope
  • Printed in the UK using carbon balanced materials

About Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle was born in Cambridge in 1920. He studied at Central School (now Parkside school) and trained at the Cambridge College of Arts and technology (now Anglia Ruskin University) for two years, before enlisting in the Royal Engineers.

He served in the Far East, and was captured by the Japanese during the fall of Singapore. Searle was Interned in Changi prison, and then in the Kwai jungle, working on the Siam-Burma railway.

Throughout his captivity Searle kept drawing, using scraps of paper, and hiding the drawings under the bedding of prisoners dying from cholera. He was liberated from the prisoner of war camps late in 1945, along with around 300 of his drawings.

Following the war Searle served as a courtroom artist at the Nuremburg trials, and later at Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem. He produced an extraordinary volume of commercial work, his cartoons appearing in multiple newspapers and periodicals. Along with the series St Trinians, he collaborated with Geoffrey Willans of the Molesworth books, and produced titles and design work for a number of films in the 50s and 60s.

His style and wry sense of humour has made his work well beloved. His drawings can be found in collections around the world. Following his death in 2011, a large collection of his work was donated to Anglia Ruskin University and the Fitzwilliam Museum. The Fitzwilliam put on the popular exhibition Ronald Searle: Obsessed with drawing and Cradled in Caricature: visual humour in satirical prints and drawings in 2015.


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