Les Tres Riches Heures De Mrs Mole By Ronald SearleNew year's Eve 1969, Ronald Searle's wife Monica was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer and told by an emiment specialist that nothing could be done and she was given just six months to live.
But Monica saw another specialist who agreed to try chemotherapy that was experiemental at that time. These sessions continued for five years .
Prior to the cancer shock the couple had bought a decrepit house in the south of France and, despite her illness, Monica continued to devote her time making this house a home.
Devastated with his wife's diagnosis Ronald did the only thing he knew how to do to cheer her up. .. draw.
Before every chemotherapy session he gave his wife a painting. Monica was depicted as a mole, a very happy mole celebrating life in their new home. (The Mole idea came after their discovery of a large celler that they made into a cosy room)
The paintings were never meant for publication but following Monica's death this summer ( over FOURTY ONE YEARS from diagnosis) they have been made into a book.
‘Everything about them had to be romantic and perfect,’ says Ronald.
‘I drew them originally for no one’s eyes except Mo’s, so she would look at them propped up against her bedside lamp and think: “When I’m better, everything will be beautiful
The paintings are just so cute and gorgeous. I can smell the food and flowers and feel the love as she wraps gifts for Xmas
You just gotta see this perfectly lovely little book :) :) :)