A collection of the cartoons Ronald made for the village magazine 'Lou Troumpetoun' depicting the bucolic Tourtour way of life . . .
Galerie Vision in the village had a small exhibition of Searle originals, apparently the only exhibition of his work in the village during his lifetime.
Mark Stanleigh was in Tourtour last year and saw the exhibition. He left a message for Ronald at the gallery and received a typically generous response.
'This past summer I went on a trip to France and visited the small and beautiful village where Ronald Searle lived. Although I inevitably did not run in to him, I met a friend of his who was kind enough to agree to pass on a letter I wrote for Mr. Searle. In the letter I thanked him for inspiring me so much and included a sketch that I did for him. A
mere few weeks later I received this bittersweet postcard in the mail in which he thanked me for my letter and informed me that while I was visiting, sadly his wife had passed away. I am still in disbelief that he took the time to write me despite such horrible circumstances. I feel very lucky to have heard from him and thought that I would share his note to me. Thank you Mr. Searle and Rest in Peace.'