Ronald Searle, the cartoonist best known for creating the popular St Trinian’s series, has died at the age of 91. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at a hospital in France.
The first St Trinian’s cartoon appeared in 1941 in the Lilliput magazine. The series, which focused on hijinks at a girls’ school, proved successful and in 1954 was adapted for film with the release of The Belles of St Trinian’s. Five films were made before the franchise went on hiatus in 1980, returning for a moderately successful sixth film in 2007.
Searle also co-created (with Geoffrey Willans) the Molesworth series, a collection of books supposedly written by the fictional Nigel Molesworth. Four books were published in the series between 1953 and 1959, and some fans regard these as the pinnacle of his career.