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The Girlfriend, one of sixteen 'storyboards' published in Punch from 1953 to1955; six images of the life of the girlfirend, amorous exploits at Cambridge and Fabian Summer school, friendship with politician, rise in politics as undersecretary and eventually as Minister of Health; numbered, titled with brief descriptions beneath each image. 1954
Pen, ink and wash
- Production date
Height: 507 millimetres
Width: 395 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Inspired by William Hogarth's engravings, A Rake's Progress (1735), each 'storyboard' is devoted to the progress of a different 'rake'. Fifteen of the original sixteen 'strips' remained in the artist's possession (no.7, 'The MP' is missing), until their sale to the British Museum (2000-5-20-13...27).
See album of working drafts for the Punch series with reproductions of the Hogarth series pasted in the front and the published version of the Searle cartoons pasted in subsequently (2000-9-29-15).
See also group of drawings (2000-5-20-28...41), 'portraits' of the various rakes executed to accompany a book edition of the cartoons, Ronald Searle, The Rake's Progress (London, 1955).
The copyright for these drawings (2000-5-20-13...27) remains with the artist and not with Punch
This work was published as a full page in Punch 3 March 1954.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 Mar-Aug, London, Soane Museum, Hogarth's Election Entertainment
2001/2 Oct- Jan, Newcastle, Laing Gallery, Hogarth's Election Entertainment
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Punch
Associated Title: The Rake's Progress
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Fifteen drawings (2000-5-20-13...27) were purchased from the artist by the British Museum Friends with a contribution from Charlotte Gere and the Friends of Prints and Drawings
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number