Ronald Searle’s irresistible cat portraits show many signs of human traits and weaknesses. With exuberant lines and loose brush strokes, Searl created a series of feline caricatures that is very funny and impressively expressive, matched by his tipically humorous titles. These illustrations come from the first 1967 edition of the book.
Inefficient cat captured by an astute goldfish
An exceptionally barren cat trying to hatch an infertile egg
Exhibitionist cat trying out certain effects
Two cats discover that love is a many-splendoured thing
Cat of a thousand disguises concealing itself as a rug
Two cats quite calmly making beasts of themselves
Exhausted Persian cat contemplating the advantages of monogamy
Gluttonous right-wing cat attempting to digest the left ing of a chicken
Remarkably hairy cat faced with the problem of dandruff
Acrobatic cat discovering quite unexpectedly that it is too old for the game
Balding cat walking out in an unsuitable wig
Young cat already regretting puberty
By the way, mr. Searle turned 90 last March, and he is still very sharp and active at work. Go here to watch his first television interview in 35 years.