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The Rake's Progress, red buckram covered sketch-book of working drafts for the 'Punch' series, with reproductions of the Hogarth series pasted in at the front and the published version of the 16 Searle cartoons pasted in subsequently. 1954-55
Pen and ink, unless stated otherwise
Inside front cover & f1r: Eight small prints of Hogarth's series of the Rake's Progress pasted in with annotations by Searle, artist's signature
F1v Page from Punch, February 3 1954, titled 'The Rakes's Progress: The Don by Ronald Searle'
Tipped in: scrap of paper with the artist's headings in mss. for the Don's Progress... 'Modern Rake's Progress / typifying spiritual depravity / besotted with false ideas'
F2r Six preliminary sketches for the 'Modern Rake's Progress' pasted in, with captions by the artist
F2v & f3r Two pages of mss notes on subjects for further series of Rakes' Progresses: 'Poet /Musician / Lawyer etc' ; pasted-in graphite sketch of three men with a 'Caprice' menu, entitled 'invited to lunch...'
F3v Page from Punch February 17 1954: The Rake's Progress: The Painter ...
F4r Six sketches drawn on the page for '2. The Painter' with inscriptions: '1.Genesis [to] ... 6. Ruin'
F4v Page 300 from Punch March 3, 1954: '...The Flirt' corrected by the artist to 'The Girl friend'
F5r Six sketches for 3. 'THE STRUMPET' corrected in graphite to 'The Girl friend'
F5v Page 386 from Punch 4. '...The Poet', dated in graphite: 'March 24 54'
F6r Six preliminary sketches for the 'The Poet'
F6v Mss notes inscribed ' The MP. Rough notes', advertisement for 'The Rake's Progress ..Place a regular order for Punch / 6d a week' with illustration by Searle for 'Progress' no.4
F7r Page 447 from Punch '5. ...The Soldier' April 7 1954, pasted in
F7v Page from Punch April 28 1954, 6. The Novelist
F8r Six sketches for 'The Novelist' with some corrections in graphite
F8v Page 586 from Punch, May 12 1954, 'The MP'
F9r Sketches for the six panels for 'The Rake's Progress 7. The MP' Sketch 4 'TRIUMPH. Smiled at by the Prime Minister'
F9v Pasted typescript for 'The Doctor'; panel of mss notes of the six stages, mss notes on references, including Grays Anatomy, all scored out
F10r Page 635 from Punch, May 26 1954, pasted in, marked '8', by artist
F10v Pasted in page of typescript descriptions of five stages of 'The Actor, 9'
F11r Printed version of the Actor from Punch, page 748, dated in graphite: 'June 23 54'
F11v Page 50 from Punch July 7 1954 ...The Humorist
F12r Page of mss notes on two version of scripts for 'The Humorist .10', scored out in red crayon
F12v Mss draft notes on the six stages of 'The Lawyer', crossed out in red crayon
F13r Typed notes on the six stages of the Humorist's progress, scored out in red crayon/ graphite
F13v Two columns of mss notes for two versions of captions for 'THE DRAMATIC CRITIC', '11'; two slight sketches of heads for panel 5' 'Brilliant comeback'
F14r Punch, page 154, July 1954, The Dramatic Critic
F14v Typed notes for stages of the cartoon 'The Rake's Progress The Athlete 12', crossed out in red crayon
F15r Final version of 'The Athlete' pasted in from Punch September 1954
F16r Punch, September 15 1954, page 362: printed version of '13' The Clergyman, labelled '13' by artist
F16v Headed ' 'RAKE 14' with blue ball point pen, typed and mss notes for the Trade Union Leader
F17r Page from Punch October 20 1954, 'The Trade Union Leader'
F17v Page of typed notes pasted in, headed 'Rake 15', with amendments in graphite and blue ball point pen; sketch of seated dog [from panel 6], graphite
F18r Punch, page 312, March 9 1955, 'The M.F.H.' [Master of the Fox Hounds]
F18v & f19r Two pages pasted in of typed notes for the six stages of 'The Playright' with notes and scoring out in blue ballpoint pen and red crayon
F19v Page of pasted in mss notes. [?] relating to several of the Progresses
F20r Page 615 from Punch, May 18 1955, 'The Rakes's Progress: The Candidate', numbered by the artist '16 & last'
F20v Inscribed 'The End' with drawing of flight of a crashing bee
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- Curator's comments
- This album was discovered by the artist in August 2000 while going through a Punch archive and relates to the set of drawings of 'The Rake's Progress'. He wrote to Frances Carey on 8/9/00 "I am impressed that I did such detailed preparatory work in those days!".
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Associated Title: Punch
Associated Title: The Rake's Progress
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