See a celebration of swines over at Stephen's top knotch blog on cartooning and illustration here
Searle was, of course, famous for his cats but there were other creatures he drew almost as often. These include dogs and birds (which each deserve a post of their own) but curiously pigs too.
Variations on the 'Moment of Reflection' (1972)
The piece appears to be a potential New Yorker cover proposal?
Sketch for Searle's 'Swine Lake' lithograph
Sketch for Searle's piggy version of Fragonard's 'The Swing'
'Mislaid Masterpieces: SWINGER by Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806)
Despite its vivacity and virtuosity, this painting (c. 1765) was heavily criticized at the time, for not being sufficiently vacuous. Furious, Fragonard revised the subject as L'Escarpolette, (Wallace Collection, London), in which he placed even more emphasis on the bestial behaviour of the participants.'
-Ronald Searle: In Perspective
Also published as a lithograph in the 70s
Here we see an amorous pig rejected by its pachyderm object of desire in a storyboard for an animated spot produced with Ivor Wood
The following are from Searle's sketchbook for his 'Zoodiac' book
'The Sensitive One'
'Déjeuner sur l'herbe' (1976)
The following were published in 'The Square Egg & the Vicious Circle' 1968
This pig sleeps well while unnervingly sharing the room with a butchered human!
We shall end this porcine birthday post with the idealized pig of Rome-ham Antiquity (sorry!)