If we're good, we take what we need and leave the rest as being too personal to them to be of use to us.
When I was young, that person for me was Ronald Searle.
It wasn't his style that I wanted. I got over that quickly.
It was the witness he bore to the times we lived in.
We all owe a debt to the past. To some people we owe more than to others. I owe a big debt to Ronald Searle, who died over the weekend at 91, almost the same age as my mother.
I never met him and we corresponded only once, some years ago, when I wrote him to say roughly what I've written here. But I never needed more from him than that. With pictures like these he became a part of me many years ago.
These drawings are all Ronald Searle’s, of course, and are protected by his copyrights.
The New York Times obituary by Steve Heller