In pictures like these, he showed the breadth and depth of what art could do and for me, that served as the jumping off point for my own identity as an artist.
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