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The Actor, one of sixteen 'storyboards' published in Punch from 1954-1955; six images of the life of the actor, works with Donald Wolfit, wins oscar, successful, marries in Capri, plays Lear badly, pathetic figure in rain as reserve 'Hoop-la' attendant at theatrical garden party; numbered, titled with brief descriptions beneath each image. 1954
Pen, ink and wash
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Height: 521 millimetres
Width: 405 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...48), '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 23 June 1954.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Punch
Associated Title: The Rake's Progress
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- 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
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